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Originally posted 05/19/2012 10:10AM
It's been 50 years since Marilyn Monroe offered a sultry musical greeting to then President John F. Kennedy on his 45th birthday. The song, "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" has become iconic – parodied and celebrated in pop culture for the past five decades ever since it was performed on May 19, 1962.
PEOPLE.com is paying homage to the cultural moment with this roundup of equally star-studded renditions – from Mike Myers in character as Wayne Campbell to Madonna's 1993 version on SNL to the stars of Smash, vying for a role in a Marilyn-themed musical, this year.
And then there's Marilyn's version, sung at a celebration for Kennedy 10 days before his actual birthday: It was followed up with a snippet of the song "Thanks for the Memory," which she amended with lyrics written specifically for Kennedy.
Originally posted 05/05/2012 03:00PM
Following Friday's death of Adam Yauch from cancer at 47, Madonna says the Beastie Boy rapper, who was also known as MCA, was one of a kind, and that the group was "integral to the musical revolution that was happening at the time," reports the Associated Press.
In addition, Madonna expressed sadness to hear of Yauch's death and asked God to bless his family.
The Beastie Boys opened for Madonna on her concert tour in the 1980s.
On Friday night on stage at the Hollywood Bowl, Coldplay played a sentimental tribute to Yauch with a rendition of the Beastie Boys' hit "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)." Frontman Chris Martin sang and played the piano.
Originally posted 05/03/2012 10:00AM
They're fierce. They're fabulous. And they put the "rock" in "Rock a Bye Baby."
They're the most rockin' moms, and PEOPLE has teamed up with VEVO to celebrate these talented ladies with a playlist of their famous anthems, from brand-new mom Jessica Simpson's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" to Pink's "So What" to a special live performance of Madonna's latest single, "Girl Gone Wild."
Check out the full list of videos below – and click here to watch them on VEVO!
Originally posted 04/18/2012 09:30AM
Madonna may be a superstar worldwide, but when she returns home, the Material Mom says she faces the same struggles as anyone – especially when it comes to her children.
"We all have our challenges," Madonna, 53, said in an interview that aired on Wednesday's Today show.
"To be a single mother of four and to work as much as I do, with my life in a kind of metaphorical fish bowl, it's pretty challenging. But so far I've survived with sanity and humor intact."
Originally posted 04/14/2012 10:00AM
Something old (like Michael Jackson's "Human Nature") and something new Taylor Swift's "Safe & Sound") are all sharing space on PEOPLE Music Editor Chuck Arnold's playlist. Check out what he has to say about the songs – and click the playlist to hear them on Spotify!
"Get Right" by Jennifer Lopez
I'm not loving the new J.Lo single "Dance Again," but this James Brown-sampling Jam from '05 – the funkiest thing she's ever done – is still righteous.
"This Time" by Melanie Fiona
This banger kicks off The MF Life – the stellar second set from this R&B singer – with a boom.
Originally posted 04/11/2012 06:00AM
It's the ultimate feel-good playlist!
PEOPLE celebrates real beauty with our exclusive Spotify playlist of songs about what really matters. Don't miss songs from Christina Aguilera, Pink, PEOPLE's Most Beautiful Woman of 2012, Beyoncé and other stars as we celebrate the winners of our Real Beauty at Every Age contest.
Just click on the "Beauty and the Beats" playlist below to hear the hits from Spotify.
Originally posted 03/27/2012 02:00PM
When Madonna took to Twitter for one night only to promote her new album, MDNA, Ryan Seacrest was first in line to ask her a question.
And of all the things to ask the Material Girl, Seacrest settled on a question about Tim Tebow.
"@MadonnaMDNAday since @TimTebow is moving to ny now, will you show him around? #askmadonna," Seacrest Tweeted Monday night.
Originally posted 02/06/2012 09:15AM
Call it a finger malfunction?
Madonna was supposed to be the center of attention during the Super Bowl halftime show Sunday, but the Queen of Pop was upstaged by her collaborator M.I.A., who flipped off the camera at one point during the performance, prompting swift apologies from the NFL and NBC.
"The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing and we apologize to our fans," said Brian McCarthy, spokesman for the NFL, according to the Associated Press.
Originally posted 02/06/2012 07:40AM
Madonna at the halftime show, a 21-17 victory for the New York Giants over the New England Patriots, and, of course, those Super Bowl commercials – Sunday night had it all.
Here, PEOPLE's TV critic, Tom Gliatto, assesses the spectacular spots that appeared between some of the game's greatest moments on the field.
In a surprisingly funny and effective promo for America's Got Talent, that aired during Sunday night's Super Bowl on NBC, new judge Howard Stern literally blasted a lousy singer offstage with a firehose. That's how you maybe felt sitting through all the evening's ads (which reportedly sold at an average rate of $3.5 million for half minute): punished yet also somehow refreshed by the onslaught of jokes, concepts and images.
Originally posted 02/05/2012 08:45PM
Eli Manning and Tom Brady may know their way around the football field, but Sunday night, New England Patriots and New York Giants fans could take a break from taking sides to root for the queen of the (ever intricate) stage: Go Madonna!
The Super Bowl halftime show kicked off with a royal welcome as an army of gladiators escorted the veteran performer onto Indianapolis's Lucas Oil Stadium stage. With a diamond-studded gold crown, Madonna, 53, launched into her hit "Vogue" as the stage flashed covers of the iconic fashion magazine.
Next on the set list: her 2000 dance jam "Music." Joining her on the stage were the guys behind LMFAO – Stefan (Redfoo) and Skyler (SkyBlu) Gordy – who teamed with Madonna to sing samples from their hits, "Party Rock Anthem" and "Sexy and I Know It."
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