So. For the first time in Madonna‘s 30+ year long career as the Queen of Pop, this happened.

And right now, I’m still emotionally shaken and feeling very…

britney-sad

It feels like I just watched a loved one get snatched backwards down the stairs on live TV.

The thud. That hurt.

But! On the bright side, she did prove that she was singing live and kept going like a fucking champ — quite literally carrying on until the very end. And it was a strong finish, indeed!

Evidently a diet of B12 shots, kale and Kabbalah classes makes for a rock solid skeletal structure. And based on the headlines flying by across the Internet, this is certainly already more #iconic than the Grammys performance.

And hey, there’s something to be said about interpreting those lyrics on a very, very literal level…

Took me to heaven and let me fall down
Now that it’s over I’m gonna carry on!
Lifted me up, and watched me stumble
After the heartache I’m gonna carry on!

And! She’s already back on Instagram, praising her cape (while subtly sentencing her cape-tying assistant(s) to death) and carrying on.

“Armani hooked me up! My beautiful cape was tied too tight! But nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up! Thanks for your good wishes! I’m fine! ❤️#livingforlove”

We love you, M!