Madonna calls for Israel-Palestine peace during Eurovision performance

Madonna and Quavo performed together at the Grand Final of the Eurovision contest in Israel.
Madonna and Quavo performed together at the Grand Final of the Eurovision contest in Israel. Photo credit: AAP Photos/Orit Pnini

Pop icon Madonna made a bolder statement than usual while closing this year's Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The singer, who is no stranger to controversy, performed her classic song ‘Like a Prayer’ alongside her new single ‘Future’ featuring Quavo from the rap trio Migos. 

But it was the end of her performance that really got people talking. Two dancers, dressed in costumes featuring the Israeli and Palestinian flags, walked out hand in hand. The move appeared to make a political call for peace and unity in the conflict-ravaged region.

Madonna performing for the Eurovision song contest Grand Final.
Madge made sure her political message took centre stage. Photo credit: AAP Photos/Orit Pnini

The symbolic demonstration was accompanied by a not-so-covert message. In a dramatic stage whisper, Madonna told the audience to "wake up", the message magnified by the words on a large screen behind her and Quavo.

Madonna and rapper Quavo performing live together on stage at Eurovision.
Madonna's new single 'Future' features Quavo and will appear on her album Madame X. Photo credit: AAP Photos/Orit Pnini

"Everybody here is from all over the world, right?" Madonna said in a brief interview before the show.

"So many countries that I have been privileged enough to visit and experience, and the one thing that brings me to those countries, and the thing that brings all of these people here tonight is music. So let's never underestimate the power of music to bring people together."

Wise words, Madge.

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