Best: Madonna Grabs the Bulls By the Horns
Last year Madonna popped up during Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' gay-marriage-themed moment on the Grammy stage, but the Queen is always at her best when she can realize her own full vision. "Living for Love" was a snapshot of the imaginative, athletic performances she dreams up for her brilliant tours. Debuting her first Rebel Heart single live, she echoed the song's video, arriving in a matador's cape while masked, muscled minotaurs swarmed the stage. She tangled with her dancers for nearly five minutes — lifted, tossed and spun above their shoulders in front of a massive screen — before she pulled out the last stop and brought out a red-robed gospel choir. Promising "Love's gonna lift me up," she exited the stage in equally dramatic fashion: hoisted up and away, out of the frame as the audience was left stunned beneath her.