Madonna: Too Many Achievements For Just One Lifetime

Madonna accepting her Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996 | Photo courtesy of STR/Getty ImagesIt's hard to imagine a time when Madonna isn't making headlines. Which is why it is so absurd that almost 20 years ago, the then-37-year-old singer got a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1996 Billboard Music Awards. Lourdes knows (GET IT?!) the singer wasn't anywhere near done being a performer, provocateur, and all-around pop culture icon. Sure, it's a testament to her ability and success as a performer that she was raking in awards usually reserved for older honorees at such a young age, but Madge ain't finished quite yet. When accepting her award in 1996, Madonna told the audience she was returning home immediately to be with her newborn baby. Here's a (somewhat comprehensive) list of the things Madonna has achieved in since then. Say what you will about her, but you can't accuse her of being lazy.

1996: Set new Guinness World Record for most costume changes--85 in all--in one movie for her role in "Evita," She trumped the previous record-holder, Elizabeth Taylor (who had a measly 65 changes in 1963's "Cleopatra").

1997: Found Kabbalah, still won't stop talking about it

2000: Met and married British director Guy Ritchie

2000: Gives birth to Rocco Ritchie

2003: Made out with Britney Spears & Christina Aguilera at the VMAs, pearls are clutched all around the world"

2003: Demonstrated her deep understanding of hip-hop and rapped about yoga and pilates on "American Life"

2005: Single-handedly brought back leotards--eat your heart out, Lady GagaThe leotard days were good to her. | Photo courtesy of Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

2006: Condemmed by the Vatican for use of crucifix during "Live to Tell" performance during her Confessions tour, could care less

2006: Partnered with H&M on a clothing line called M by Madonna

2006 and 2008: Adopted two children from Malawi, raising controversy because the Material Girl was not a resident of the country

2007: Inducted in to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

2008: Divorced Ritchie

2008: Became #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 All-Time Artists (right after a little band by the name of The Beatles)

2008: With "4 Minutes," she saw her 37th Hot 100 top-ten hit—pushing her past Elvis Presley as the artist with the most top-ten hits, NBD

2008 and 2011: Directed two feature films: "Filth & Wisdom" in 2008 and "W.E."

2008: The Sticky & Sweet Tour (2008) was the highest-grossing tour ever by a solo artist, and the second highest-grossing tour of all time, with about $408 million in ticket sales.

2010: Launched Material Girl, an '80s punk inspired clothing line co-created with her daughter, Lourdes

2010: Glee dedicated an entire episode to Madonna music

2011: Created Truth or Dare shoe line

2012: Headlined the most-watched Super Bowl halftime show in history with 114 million viewers

2012: Ridiculous riders are leaked and the world learns about her 200-person entourage, the 20 international phone lines in her dressing room, and her penchant for lilies and white and pink roses with their stems cut to exactly six inches

Hi, haters! Madonna & Brahim at the 2013 Met Gala. | Photo courtesy of Raymond Hall/Getty Images2012: Madonna starts dating French dancer Brahim Zaibat--a man 30 years her junior. Get it, girl!

2013: Got her own clothing retrospective

Currently has the top-grossing tour for which she is being recognized at this year's Billboard Music Awards (May 19, 2013, 8/7c on ABC)


Occasionally adopts a British accent

Put out SIX studio albums since 1996: Ray of Light (1998), Music (2000), American Life (2003), Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005), Hard Candy (2008), and MDNA (2012)

Nominated for 20 Grammys since 1999, won six

Becomes the unofficial spokesmodel for super-toned arms

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