On Sunday, Sept. 12, the superstar made a surprise appearance by kicking off the show in a Burberry coat, leather bodysuit and matching cap... before turning around and giving viewers quite the show of her backside.
"And they said we wouldn't last," she told the crowd. "And they said we wouldn't last. But we're still here, motherf--ckers. Happy 40th, MTV! Welcome to the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards."
It was her cheeky dominatrix uniform—complete with gloves, fish nets and puffed sleeves—that sent Twitter users into a tizzy. As one fan tweeted, "My face when Madonna turned around… YOOO WHEN DID SHE GET ALL THAT ASS?"
It's somewhat of a full circle moment for Madonna, who performed "Like a Virgin" at the first-ever VMAs in 1984. She has multiple awards under her (leather) belt, including Video of the Year in 1998 for "Ray of Light."
This year's ceremony, which is hosted by Artist of the Year nominee Doja Cat, has already honored Olivia Rodrigo with Song of the Year.
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