Madonna in unscripted plunge steals show at Brit awards

Thu Feb 26, 2015 5:08am EST
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By Liisa Tuhkanen

LONDON (Reuters) - Pop diva Madonna's gasp-inducing "wardrobe malfunction" at a star-studded London awards ceremony grabbed British headlines on Thursday along with photos of her falling backwards downstairs tangled in a swirling cape.

From the up-market daily Guardian to the mass circulation Sun, Madonna's tumble overshadowed anything else at Wednesday's British music industry annual Brit Awards.

"Ma-gonna!" ran the headline in commuter daily Metro.

The fall came in the midst of her singing "Living for Love" on Wednesday night when she failed to loosen the cape that was part of a matador costume before her dancers pulled it away.

She looked startled as she fell backwards down stairs but kept going with the performance and later said on her Instagram account that she was fine.

Madonna's plunge provided the most dramatic moment of the show which otherwise produced few surprises..

English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was the biggest winner of the night, walking away with two of the four Brit Awards he was nominated for.

He was named the best British solo artist and also took home the coveted best album prize for his second studio album, "X".   Continued...

Singer Madonna performs at the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London, February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville