The behind-the-scenes chaos at Madonna’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction Monday at the Waldorf-Astoria was way more entertaining than the three-hour snoozefest that took place onstage.
When the Material Girl finally took the stage to give her thank-you speech two hours into the show, one Madonna wannabe in the audience snapped. The girl - dressed in a leopard-print silk dress and a tiny top hat - repeatedly ran across the second-floor balcony as security chased her until they caught up to her in the hotel lobby.
“She looked like she was holding a press conference out there,” said a spy. “The photographers formed a circle around her. I thought an inductee was leaving the building when I heard the ruckus.”
Back in the ballroom, the “waiters were acting lethal,” said another attendee. “I almost got hit in the head with big serving trays several times, and the Princess of Jordan had a near run-in with a dessert tray.”
And at the backstage gift lounge for celebrities, Chevy Chase was spotted demanding freebies. “Where’s the swag? I want swag!” he was overheard shouting. Ed Burns, Christy Turlington and Patti LaBelle also paid a visit.
Madonna was spotted fanning herself with her four-page speech in the hotel kitchen beforehand. She got a standing ovation after calling Justin Timberlake a “[bleep]er” and the audience “mother[bleep]ers,” and admitting to once doing ecstasy with Michael Rosenblatt, who signed her to Sire Records. “I jammed my demo tape into his hand, we both did a tab of ecstasy and then we danced the night away,” she said.
One glaring omission was her hubby, Guy Ritchie, who wasn’t at the event. Madonna’s rep, Liz Rosenberg, who wore a wacky silver alien antenna headband throughout the night, shot down rumors of a marital rift, saying, “All is fine.”
“Guy’s been in London working on his film but the family will be back together again in London by the weekend.”
A shirtless Iggy Pop followed Madonna, who sat front-row and rolled her eyes at his punk rendition of “Ray of Light.”
In addition to Madge, Leonard Cohen, the Dave Clark Five, the Ventures and John Mellencamp were inducted.