Madonna dropped her “Give Me All Your Luvin’ ” video on Friday morning (February 3), and the eye-popping clip featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. has fans even more excited for the Queen of Pop’s halftime performance at Sunday’s Super Bowl.
In the video, Madonna hits the streets flanked by Minaj, M.I.A. and a very protective football team for a tongue-in-cheek walk down memory lane. In scene after scene, the pop icon references her musical past. We combed through the cheeky clip for some of the best winks at Her Madgesty’s numerous reinventions. Here are our top five:
1. Madonna Passes the Pom-Poms to Nicki, M.I.A.
Some of the most famous images of pre-fame Madonna are of the Michigan native in her high school cheerleading uniform, so it seems fitting that in “Your Luvin’, ” there’s what seems to be a symbolic passing of the pom-poms to Minaj and M.I.A. The video opens with Minaj and M.I.A. flying high at the top of a cheerleading formation on a suburban street, just the way Madonna Louise Ciccone might have as a cheerleader at Rochester Adams High School.
2. Getting a Lift — “Material Girl”-Style
Not only does the uniformed football team guarding Madonna offer up umbrellas to shield her from raining sparks and throw down their letterman jackets to give her a makeshift red carpet to walk on, but the boys give the singer a lift in a move that feels straight out of her “Material Girl” video — but with a twist. As they help her to keep steady, viewers soon realize she’s walking down the side of a building!
3. Dodging a “Dick Tracy” Gangster
As the pop queen parades down an alleyway, an old-school car pulls up alongside her, and then someone rolls down a window and opens fire. The mysterious villain employs a weapon that looks just like the vintage Colt M1921 Thompson submachine guns used by the baddies in Madonna’s hit flick “Dick Tracy.” Luckily, the ever-vigilant team guarding her leaps in front of the fire.
4. Kissing Cheerleaders … That Seems Familiar
Madonna’s never been shy about admitting she’s kissed (many) girls — and liked it. But we think this little lingering look at two masked cheerleaders smooching is probably a direct reference to Madonna’s infamous lip lock with Britney Spears at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. (For the record, that legendary moment made our list of Madonna’s top five best MTV performances ever!)
5. Nicki and Madonna Have Blond Ambition
Madonna climbs over a pile of football players and straight into a dream sequence that’s a smorgasbord of references to Madonna’s past. When she emerges from the huddle, gone are her long, flowing locks and black leather ensemble, and in their place is a short white lace dress and curly platinum-blond wig that recalls her Blond Ambition/”Vogue” era. The nod to her “Like a Virgin” years is underscored the second the camera cuts to Minaj, who sports a wedding dress that (minus a few ruffles) looks like it came straight from Madonna’s 1984 VMA performance. And while Minaj isn’t wearing Madonna’s famed “boy toy” belt, she does make a reference to it, rapping, “You can be my boy toy.”
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