Madonna Louise Ciccone (born August 16,
1958) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, author,
director, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Born in Bay City,
Michigan, she moved to New York City in 1977 to pursue a career
in modern dance and performed in the music groups Breakfast Club
and Emmy. In 1982, Madonna signed with Sire Records (an
affiliate of Warner Bros. Records) and released her self-titled
debut album the following year. She has since released a series
of successful albums, including the Grammy Award winners Ray of
Light (1998) and Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005). Many of
her songs peaked atop record charts, including "Like a Virgin",
"Into the Groove", "Papa Don't Preach", "Like a Prayer",
"Vogue", "Frozen", "Music", "Hung Up", and "4 Minutes". Madonna
is known for continuously reinventing both her music and image,
and for retaining a standard of autonomy within the recording
industry. She attained immense popularity by pushing the
boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and
imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV.
Critics have praised her diverse musical productions which have
also been known to induce controversy.
has selected Madonna as a fashion celebrity.