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Madonna made a statement at the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv.
The 60-year-old Queen of Pop became a politician during her long-awaited performance at the annual European competition held in Israel after the country won the contest last year.
Despite calls to boycott the event about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Madonna made her 1989 hit "Like A Prayer" in a black eye patch and a tiara. She also sang her new single "Future", with rapper Migos Quavo.
The duo performed in front of a black screen that showed the words "AWAKENING". The set also featured two dancers walking arm in arm, carrying the flags of Israel and the Palestinians on their backs.
Madonna shocked the Eurovision crowd with a political statement while playing "Like A Prayer." (Photo: Michael Campanella, Getty Images)
"Madame X is a freedom fighter … I'm grateful", Madonna subtitled a clip of the performance in Instagram "For the opportunity to spread the message of peace and unity with the world".
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The European Broadcasting Union, which co-produced the singing competition, denounced Madonna's political statement and added that it was not approved.
"The Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political event and Madonna had learned about this," EBU said in a statement to USA TODAY.
Madonna faced the calls of a campaign directed by the Palestinians to avoid acting in the event in Israel. But the pop star rejected that motion, saying that "he will never stop playing music to fit someone's political agenda."
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) responded, calling its performance "immoral" on Twitter earlier this week.
"Dear Madonna, the brutal oppression of the Palestinians by Artwashing Israel for a million dollars must be among the most immoral political agendas," the organization said. tweeted
Before her performance at Eurovision, Madonna told the audience: "Never underestimate the power of music to unite people."
Madonna's 14th studio album, "Madame X," is expected to come out next month. It will feature the singles "Future" and "Medellín", a bilingual collaboration with the Colombian singer Maluma.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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