Madonna, Then & Now: Photos of the Music Icon on Her 63rd Birthday

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Madonna Through The Years

Celebrate Madonna’s 63rd birthday by taking a look back at the Queen of Pop over the years, from her showstopping performances to her stylish red carpet appearances.

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Madonna Performing in Philadelphia in 1985

There really is no one like Madonna. Whether it’s her fashion sense or her music, the talented woman and pop queen has a style all her own and is completely unmatched by up-and-coming artists or her contemporaries. Madonna first broke onto the scene in the early '80s with hit songs like "Holiday," "Borderline," and more. 


It wasn’t before long that her 1984 album ‘Like A Virgin’ became one of her most iconic works to date. Even more so, in the latter half of the ‘80s, Madonna came out with the song ‘Like A Prayer’ that shocked everyone with its music video, leading even some religious figures to protest! 


But through it all, Madonna has remained quite the talent on a global level. She not only sings, but also acts. Madonna has starred in a number of films, and earned a Golden Globe win for her leading actress work in ‘Evita.’ She’s also taken her talents behind the camera with the film ‘W.E.,’ which she directed and won a Golden Globe for in 2012. Check out the rest of the gallery to see more images of the singer and actress through the years.

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Madonna Hanging Out in 1983

Madonna hanging out in 1983. Her fashion sense was perfect for the time, as she wore an off-the-shoulder top, high ponytail, and headband.  


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Madonna at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards

Madonna attends the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards. She wore this white, lace dress with belt that said “Boy Toy!” Of course, her hair was in the perfect curly updo for the times, and she completed the look with glamorous white gloves.


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Madonna in a Promotional Photo for ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’

Madonna poses for a promotional photo for ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ in 1985. She looked so ’80s, even wearing a bow atop her head and a string of long necklaces.

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Madonna Smiles During the Filming of ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’

Madonna shows off her smile while filming ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ in 1985. She looked so great with her curly hair framing her face and a bandana headband across the top of her head.

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Madonna in ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’

Madonna in ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ in 1985. She is as much an accomplished actress as she is a singer, and she put on a stellar performance in the film.

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Madonna in Concert in 1987

Madonna performs in concert in 1987. She belted out her hit tunes and looked like Marilyn Monroe as she took the stage for the buzzed-about show.

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Madonna Jams Out While Performing in London

Madonna performs during her ‘Blond Ambition’ tour at Wembley Stadium in London in July 1990. She completely jammed out in her iconic costume, which featured a corset-style dress.

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Madonna Performing in Los Angeles

Madonna belts out a song after removing her jacket during the opening night of her ‘Blond Ambition’ tour concert in Los Angeles. She wore her iconic cone bra beneath and had her hair pulled back in a tight ponytail.


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Madonna During Her ‘Blond Ambition’ Tour

Madonna performs during her ‘Blonde Ambition’ tour at Wembley Stadium, London in July 1990. She struck a pose during her set and wore an all-black outfit with a sheer slit across her stomach.

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Madonna at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 1998

Madonna at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Milan in 1998. She held her statuette with a lot of pride and debuted a much darker hairstyle at the event.


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Madonna Poses at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2005

Madonna poses on the stage as she attends the 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards on November 3, 2005 in the Atlantic Pavillion in Lisbon Portugal Lisbon. She looked great in this purple leather jacket and her little leotard!

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Madonna at the ‘I’m Going to Tell You a Secret’ Film Premiere

Madonna attends the ‘I’m Going to Tell You a Secret’ film premiere in London on Nov. 29, 2005. Madonna glanced at photographers before departing the event. 

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Madonna at the ‘Revolver’ Film Screening

Madonna at the ‘Revolver’ film screening in New York on Dec. 2, 2007. She looked so regal in her coat and was caught by paparazzi as she left the winter event.

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Madonna in Concert in 2012

Madonna in concert at the MGM Grand Resort in Las Vegas on Oct. 13, 2012. She looked incredible in her outfit, which was a much different look from her onstage look in the '80s.

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Madonna at the 2016 Met Gala

Madonna at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit celebrating the opening of Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology on May 2, 2016. Madonna rocked this black ensemble with a number of cutouts. 

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Madonna at the 2017 Met Gala

Madonna attends the the Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between on May 1, 2017. She rocked this colorful, structured gown designed by Moschino.

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Madonna at the 2018 Met Gala

Madonna at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination on May 7, 2018. She really went for the event’s theme! 

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Madonna at the Met Gala in 2018

Madonna at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination on May 7, 2018. Her entired outfit looked incredible.

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Madonna at the MTV Video Music Awards

Madonna at the MTV Video Music Awards Press Room in New York on Aug. 20, 2018. She wore this Temperley London Kimono and a head piece that had everyone talking.

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Madonna at the Billboard Music Awards in 2019

Madonna performs at the Billboard Music Awards in May 2019. She wore a custom-made Erdem ensemble.



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