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Madonna’s Iconic Career in Photos

From high school cheerleader to the Queen of Pop

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ROCHESTER, MI - 1972: Madonna (center) practices with the freshman cheerleaders at Adams High School in 1972 in Rochester, Michigan. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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Madonna (center) practices with the freshman cheerleaders at Adams High School in Rochester, Michigan, circa 1972.

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Reflections

Madonna poses for a portrait soon after moving to New York City to study dance, circa 1979.

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1978: A studio headshot portrait of future American pop singer Madonna smiling while wearing a white cotton shirt with a dark tie, New York City. She wears a headband in her dark, crimped, shoulder-length hair. She had just moved to New York City and was studying dance. (Photo by Michael McDonnell/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Who’s That Girl

A 1978 studio headshot portrait of Madonna. She had just moved to New York City and was studying dance.  

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American singer Madonna, New York City, Autumn 1978. She has recently moved to New York City to study dance. (Photo by Michael McDonnell/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

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Ray of Light

Madonna in the fall of 1978 following her move from Michigan to New York City. 

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American singer Madonna in a loft on Canal Street, New York City, December 1982. (Photo by Peter Noble/Redferns/Getty Images)

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Model Behavior

Madonna posing in a loft on Canal Street in New York City, December 1982.

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Playing Marilyn

Madonna plays Marilyn Monroe alongside Randy Quaid (as John F. Kennedy) in a sketch for Saturday Night Live on November 9th, 1985.

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336426 50: Sean Penn and Madonna relax while attending an AIDS benefit November 11, 1987 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Laura Luongo/Liaison)

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Look of Love

Two years into their marriage, Sean Penn and Madonna attend an AIDS benefit together on November 11th, 1987

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King and Queen

Madonna and Michael Jackson at the 63rd Annual Academy Awards afterparty in West Hollywood, on March 25th, 1991.

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Family Affair

Madonna arrives with her husband Guy Ritchie and children Rocco and Lourdes to the Arthur and the Invisibles premiere in London on January 25th, 2007.

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Living Icon

Madonna is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Frame during the 23rd Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in 2008.

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House of Style

Madonna poses with Lady Gaga and Marc Jacobs during the Marc Jacobs 2010 Spring Fashion Show on September 14th, 2009.

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Material Girls

Madonna poses with her daughter Lourdes and Taylor Momsen at the launch of her Material Girl clothing line in New York on September 22nd, 2010.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19: Singer Madonna (L) accepts the award for Touring Artist of the Year from recording artist Will.i.am onstage during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Take a Bow

Madonna accepts the award for Touring Artist of the Year from will.i.am onstage during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards on May 19th, 2013 in Las Vegas.

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Performer Madonna poses with David Banda on the red carpet during the 56th Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, January 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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Lucky Stars

Madonna poses with David Banda on the red carpet during the 56th Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, January 26th, 2014.

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LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 8: Madonna performs during The 57th Annual Grammy Awards, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/delayed PT) at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)

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By the Horns

Madonna performs during the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, Sunday, February 8th, 2015 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

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