Fans Deem Madonna “Unrecognizable” After 2023 GRAMMYs Appearance: “That Can’t Be Her”

“I love Madonna. I really do. But Lord, what did she do to her face,” one fan asked on Twitter.


Melinda Lorge


Posted on February 6, 2023

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UPDATE: Madonna Fired Back After Fans Criticized Her “Unrecognizable” GRAMMYs Look.

Madonna, is that you? Many fans are questioning “what happened to [Madonna’s] face?” after her recent appearance at the 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

Celebrities of every music genre gathered inside the Arena in Los Angeles on Sunday, (Feb. 5) night for the 2023 GRAMMYs. But, perhaps none were more unrecognizable than the pop-icon Madonna. At least, that’s according to fans, who tuned in to live TV to catch music’s biggest night on CBS.

The boundary-pushing “Material Girl” singer, 64, took center-stage midway through the nearly four-hour televised event and shined a light on those who are rebellious.

As with her future-forward-thinking attitude when it comes to fashion, Madonna, who has won seven GRAMMYS and has been nominated 28 times for the golden gramophone, appeared dressed in an overly tight, black suit. She accessorized her look with a pair of fishnet gloves and also wore her hair in a braided bun on each side of her head.

“I’m here to give thanks to all the rebels out there, forging a new path and taking heat for all of it,” Madonna told the audience during her speech while standing amid a screen featuring three timeless images of her from previous moments in her career. “You guys need to know, all you troublemakers out there, you need to know that your fearlessness does not go unnoticed.”

She continued, “You are seen. You are heard, and most of all, you are appreciated.”


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Despite Madonna’s statement being focused on representing those who forge their own path, fans shifted their entire focus on something else – the Queen of pop’s unidentifiable appearance, her face in particular.

“Madonna, who? That can’t be her. Can it?” one confused viewer tweeted.

“#GRAMMYs I really wish Madonna never touched her face,” another person wrote. “There really was no reason. She was going to age beautifully. She’s always been beautiful. #Stopplayingwithyallface #Grammys2023 #Madonna.”

“Madonna doesn’t even look like Madonna. Who was that? So awkward. #GRAMMYs,” a third person captioned on Twitter.

“I love Madonna. I really do. But Lord, what did she do to her face,” a fourth person added, pointing out Madonna’s noticeably bigger pout.

Madonna’s speech also came ahead of Sam Smith’s “Unholy” performance, and after German singer/songwriter Kim Petras and Smith took home the award for Best Pop Duo for the hit song, “Unholy.” The win gave Petras the historical title of becoming the first transgender woman to ever win a GRAMMY.

Madonna recently announced her massive The Celebration Tour, produced by Live Nation. The 35-city trek, which features four decades of Madonna’s hits, begins on July 15, at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC, and will see the superstar, visiting cities and locations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Europe.

“Come join the party! 🎉💃🏼🎵🕺🏾🎤” Madonna captioned the tour ad mat on Instagram, including the hashtag: #madonnacelebrationtour.


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Madonna’s The Celebration Tour, which includes special guest Bob The Drag Queen (also known as Caldwell Tidicue), currently wraps on December 1 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, NL.

The 65th annual GRAMMYS hosted by Trevor Noah aired live at 8 p.m. ET on CBS and featured performances by Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith, Steve Lacy and Lizzo, and more. Beyoncé was the most GRAMMY nominated star, with nine total nods. She also won her 32nd overall award, making her the most awarded artist in the history of the Grammys.

Meanwhile, Viola Davis cemented her EGOT status after winning Best Audio Book, Narration & Storytelling Recording for her memoir, Finding Me. Kendrick Lamar was second in line for most nominations, with eight to his name, while Adele and Brandy Carlile each had seven nods.

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