Madonna Jokes About ‘Swelling from Surgery’ Following Criticism of Her Appearance at 2023 Grammys

Madonna speaks onstage during the 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Arena on February 5, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

Madonna speaks onstage during the 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Arena on February 5, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

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When it comes to criticism of her looks, Madonna has made sure she has the final say.

The 64-year-old singer posted a tweet on Monday that appeared to be aimed at those who made unflattering comments about her looks when presenting at the 2023 Grammy Awards earlier this month.

“Look how cute I am now that the post-op swelling has gone down,” she captioned a shot of herself posing face-to-face for the camera, wearing braided hair, ripped jeans and a baseball cap. She underscored the statement with a cheeky “lol”.

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The tweet comes two weeks after an Instagram post shared by the legendary entertainer, and features a reel of some of her favorite Grammys moments – but also takes a swipe at viewers and fans who criticized her performance that night.

“It was an honor to introduce Kim Petras and Sam Smith to the Grammys,” Madonna wrote. “I wanted to give the final award, which was Album of the Year, but felt it was more important that I showcase the first trans woman to perform at the Grammys – a moment that made history.”

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She continued, “Rather than focus on what I said in my speech, which was about thanking artists like Sam and Kim for being fearless, a lot of people chose to just talk about close-ups of speaking to me that were taken with a long lens camera press photographer who would distort anyone’s face!!”

“Once again I am caught in the glare of ageism and misogyny,” she added.

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Standing firm in her choices, Madonna went on to explain, “I’ve never apologized for any of the creative choices I’ve made, nor for the way I look or dress, and I won’t start. I’ve been belittled by the media since the beginning of my career, but I understand that this is all a test and I’m excited to lead the way to make it easier for all the women behind me in the years to come.”

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Three days later, Madonna appeared to double down on her response to the criticism, posting photos of herself in a tattered denim outfit to her Instagram Stories and adding the words “Definitely not sorry.”

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