Madonna reminded us again this weekend why she is forever a queer icon† At a surprise concert in Terminal 5, the singer performed a mashup of her hit “Hung Up” and queer rapper Tokischa’s “Linda” alongside the rapper herself — and it got really hot.
After some very sensual dances, the song culminated with Tokischa simulating Madonna going downstairs and participating in a make-out session fans won’t soon forget. The moment channeled Madonna’s iconic 2003 VMA moment where she kissed both Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera† That may have been nearly 20 years ago, but can we say Madge still has it.
Dominican rapper Tokischa, like Madonna, has not been afraid to cause a furore in her career. Her lyrics are brash, highly sexual and queer. rolling stone called her a symbol of “sexual freedom, queer desire and radical feminism.” It is a label that the rapper gladly accepts. “I’m very rude with my lyrics, and everything I express is very, very, very real. People identify with it,” she told the publication in May.
While Madge and Tokischa’s performance may have been the hottest moment of the night, there was a lot more queer joy during the set. The performance was connected to Madonna’s upcoming release of the Finally enough love album (out August 19), on which she remixed several of her hit songs, including “Vogue”, on which the star was joined onstage by RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Bob the Drag Queen (who hosted the event), Violet Chachki and Laganja Estranja.
Madonna also got company Saucy Santana for a performance of “Material Girl”. During “Holiday” the singer danced in front of a picture of Marsha P. Johnson. Legendary‘s Carlos Basquiat took the stage at the “Celebration” finale, where Madonna’s son, David Banda, also took part in the festivities.
The singer also gave much love to New York City itself, explaining why she celebrates Pride there. “New York City” [is] the greatest city in the world, for so many reasons,” said Madonna. “I was asked to perform at many Pride events around the world – but I would never turn down New York City, because this is the city where I was born. I came out of my mother’s vagina in Bay City, Michigan , but I was born in New York City!”
Watch the full video of “Hung Up” performance below.