Longtime LGBTQ ally and honorary gay Madonna, whose Finally enough love remix album just released, celebrated New York Pride at Terminal 5 on Thursday (June 23) night at World of Women’s NFT.NYC event. Not only did the pop icon — who recently ventured into the NFT space and popped the cover of Billboard’s World of Women NFT magazine — brought out a bunch of top-tier drag queens for her NYC Pride celebration, but she tapped also iconoclasts in the making like Tokischa and Saucy Santana to celebrate a month separating the dilettantes from the real blues.
There were shades of the 2003 VMAs at the NYC venue when the Dominican rapper and the Queen of Pop shared the stage on a dembow remix of M’s top 10 Hot 100 hit “Hung Up.” First, Tokischa took the stage to rap her Rosalía collab “Linda” before Madonna and “Hung Up” appeared. The strands of the songs began to fuse together and the two (who have previously teased a collaboration) began to spiral closer and closer until the seemingly inevitable lovemaking — and it was definitely more of a kiss than a kiss — began. Tokischa took it one step further and – in honor of the pop gods who paved the way – knelt before the Queen and laid her face in the Blessed Sacrament during the nighttime set. “It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it,” Madonna joked after the intoxicating moment.
However, Tokischa wasn’t the only newcomer to join Madge on the Manhattan stage. Saucy Santana assisted Madonna in a mash-up of his DGAF song “Material Girl” and her No. 1 hit “Material Girl,” demonstrating effortless solace in directing the audience of a large venue.
Additionally, a slew of famous drag queens joined Madonna in Terminal 5, including: Drag race champion Bob the Drag Queen — who busted out “4 Minutes” for about four seconds with Madonna’s son David Banda — as well as NYC mainstay Pixie Aventura and another Drag race winner, Violet Chachki, who performed an amazing aerial act on a chair for “Justify My Love” before Madonna even took the stage.
Before she left, Madonna was joined by all her special guests – rappers, drag queens, family – for a rerun of a song she hasn’t played live in a minute, the title track of her 2009 compilation. Celebration† If NYC Pride, in a post-COVID world, wasn’t a full-on celebration earlier this week, it certainly was by the time Madonna left the stage (as well as Tokischa’s lips) in Terminal 5 on Thursday night.