Madonna Falls Hard, Drops Mic During Brit Awards Performance

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Madonna performs at the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London, England. 

Madonna returned to the Brit Awards for the first time in 20 years to perform her Rebel Heart single "Living for Love." But it wasn't an entirely seamless return to her one-time adopted home country.

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At the beginning of her performance, she fell down a staircase when the lengthy cape she was wearing was tugged by a backup dancer/minotaur; it appeared that the cape was supposed to be easily removed but pulled Madonna along with it instead. Madge was yanked backward hard and fell down the stairs. (Yes, she fell during a song that features the line "watched me stumble".) Check it out below:

Yes, that looked like it hurt. Even worse, Madonna dropped her mic and missed singing several of the song's lyrics entirely. When she picked the mic back up, her voice still seemed shaky, like the fall had knocked the wind out of her. On the plus side: those who accuse her of lip-syncing (Elton John) can sod off.

Ever the pro, though, she recovered by the end of the number and looked triumphant, and maybe a little relieved, when she wrapped.

Note to Kanye: This would have been the perfect time to rush the stage. You coulda caught her if you'd been quick enough!

UPDATE: After the story was published, Madonna took to Instagram to assure fans that she was all right after the fall. "Thanks for your good wishes! I'm fine!" she wrote.