Watch: Madonna Breaks Down on Stage, Pays Tribute to Paris Victims

While many musicians, including U2 and Foo Fighters, have canceled tour dates in the wake of the devastating terror attacks on Paris Friday, Madonna carried on with her Stockholm show on Saturday, and broke down in tears as she explained why.

The megastar said she did originally think about canceling the show that night, but reconsidered after some thought.

“Why should I give that to them?” she asked the audience, choked up. “Why should I allow them to stop me — to stop us — from enjoying freedom?”

Madonna continued to reason through her emotions as an audience of thousands listened in silence.

“It’s been very hard for me to get through this show up to this point,” she said. “Why am I up here dancing and having fun when people are crying over the loss of their loved ones?”

“That is exactly what these people want to do,” she went on, speaking about the terrorists. “They want to shut us up. They want to silence us. And we won’t let them. We will never let them! Because there is power in unity and I do believe that as much chaos and pain and senseless violence and terrorism that occurs around this world — not just in Paris — as much as that does occur, there is more goodness in this world. We are here to prove it.”

After a call for a moment of silence for the victims, still wiping away tears, the singer launched into an acoustic version of “Like a Prayer” before the song picked up with more instrumentals.

Madonna posted about the show on Facebook later that night, saying she felt like they were “turning darkness into light.”

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    1. BillUSA says:

      Madonna is such a deplorable person. I honestly don’t know why people look up to her. She has no talent. Basically a studio creation, her music and stage productions are done for her and she provides just enough input to suit herself. She bashes America and inspired young girls to act like prostitutes. Why she gets credit for helping the homosexuals is beyond perplexing. All she has to do is say what they want to hear and she becomes an icon. I really, really wish she would fade into obscurity.

    2. Ed Edwards says:

      well i didn’t see any of you people stop bitching in the wake of the event.. at least Madonna is doing something meaningful sending out positive message.. on the other hand you sit in front of your 28″ and criticise .. on the other hand, she would not gain or lose money from the show if she cancelled.. it would have postponed and the money is still there regardless.. so it has nothing to do with money.. it’s just the way life is.. Say .. would you travel to Paris after this event..? well why would you let the terrorist win.. you just carry on.

      • rina says:

        What is meaningful? Are you mad? All she is saying is “Look how sensitive and wonderful I am” It is just her exhibitionism. She is as hard as nails and has stepped on many people to get where she is. On the other hand, what is she actually saying? That our western culture is great because people can have fun? What utter nonsense. If you ask a jihadi, he is ” having fun” too! Is this what democracy boils down to? All our western culture of 2,500 years is about partying on a Saturday night? How more shallow can you be? What dribble and nonsense! It makes the west seem so trivial!

    3. RyanT says:

      she didnt stop for 9/11! what makes you think she will stop now. Get those $$$ and beat taylor swift’s 1989 tour gross

    4. Sal U. Lloyd says:

      Standing up to your rights??? What “rights” are you talking about in Stockholm???

      “These people” Madonna??? I wish you’d shut up but I don’t see who is trying to “shut us up.”

    5. U2 Fan says:

      FWIW: U2’s show was cancelled by Parisian authorities, seeing as it was, you know, IN PARIS. Madonna’s show was, you know, not.

    6. Murica! says:

      Great publicity stunt. Her pr people must be so proud!

      • Janice Cox says:

        Who are we to judge her sincerity. This tragedy moved us in so many ways, and we were each affected in our own way. I’ve never been a fan of Madonna’s; however, if this is her way of reaching people, why criticize her heart or her judgment? I actually was moved by some of her words. And she expressed her feelings in public. Whether that is good or bad, what exactly did those of you who criticized her do? Just saying…

      • Sal U. Lloyd says:

        100% correct.

      • God says:

        You have no people, pr or otherwise. Have fun sleeping alone tonight!

      • I swear she’s damned if she does, damned if she doesn’t. Why does this have to be a publicity stunt? The woman IS human.

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