The "feud" between Madonna and Elton John may have reached a zenith Sunday night (Jan. 15) at the Golden Globe Awards. Both pop superstars were up for best original song, and traded insults on the red carpet, but after the Material Girl emerged victorious, John's husband David Furnish laced into the Rocket Man's rival for her "embarrassing" and narcissistic acceptance speech.
"Madonna. Best song???? F**k off!!!" Furnish said on Facebook, according to TMZ. "Madonna winning Best Original Song truly shows how these awards have nothing to do with merit. Her acceptance speech was embarrassing in its narcissism."
Furnish may have been referring to several aspects of Madonna's speech, which came after the song "Masterpiece," from her film "W.E.," beat out John's "Hello Hello from "Gnomeo and Juliet."
In her remarks, Madonna deployed her now-familiar slight British accent to tell a story about how her manager, Guy Oseary, pressured her to write a song for the film. "He harangued me for the entire time I was filming and editing my movie to write a song. And I said, 'Please, Guy, I'm trying to focus on being a director and I want people to be able to pay attention to the film. And I don't have time.' So then I finished the film and I started making my record and somehow magically and miraculously the song emerged, 'Masterpiece,' so thank you, Guy Oseary, for being so irritating."
During the speech, in which Madonna corrected her own use of "who" and "whom," a camera panned to an expressionless Elton John.
A request for comment from Madonna's rep was not returned by press time.
Before the night's festivities, Elton told NBC's Carson Daly that Madonna "doesn't have a f***ing chance of winning tonight." After laughing, Daly asked if those were "fighting words" but Elton called them "accurate words."
When Daly told Madonna about Elton's jab, she asked, "Was he wearing a dress?' … adding, "may the best man win."
The "feud" between the pair may have started about seven years ago, when Madonna won best live act at the GQ Awards. His comment, "Madonna, best f**king live act? F*** off!'" bears striking resemblance to Furnish's reported rip at the Globes.
According to Us Weekly, Madonna voiced her hopes backstage that she and Elton could patch things up. "I hope he speaks to me for the next couple of years," she quipped. "He's been known to get mad at me so I don't know. He's brilliant and I adore him so he'll win another award. I don't feel bad!"