New Year’s Eve celebrations don’t get much better than this.
Patrons at New York City’s iconic LGBTQ venue, the Stonewall Inn, were in for a surprise on 31 December as pop music legend and long-time ally Madonna stopped by unannounced for a live performance.
To celebrate her appointment as a Stonewall Ambassador, the singer gave a rendition of her hit single Like A Prayer and Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling In Love, alongside 13-year-old son David Banda on guitar.
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“I stand here proudly at the place where pride began. The legendary Stonewall Inn, on the birth of a new year. We come together tonight to celebrate 50 years of revolution, 50 years of freedom fighting, 50 years of blood, sweat and tears,” she said.
The performance kicked off both 2019 and the 50th anniversary of the historic Stonewall riots, which is largely credited for igniting the modern-day LGBTQ rights movement in the United States.
“Let us never forget the Stonewall riots and those who bravely stood up and said ‘Enough!’ Enough brutality,” she continued. “Enough violence inflicted on this community. Enough stigmatism. Enough oppression. Enough pain and suffering.”
Watch Madonna’s speech and performance in full below.