The Queen of Pop herself was overcome with emotions from the tragedy that struck Paris on Nov. 13 leading to at least 129 dead, 99 in serious condition and many more injured after a coordinated attack by terrorist group ISIS. Madonna went on stage to speak to her audience in the packed Stockholm Tele 2 Arena and asked for a moment of silence to pray for the victims of the Paris attacks before performing an acoustic version of her classic "Like a Prayer."
The entire speech and performance of "Like a Prayer" was recorded posted on YouTube by her manager, Guy Oseary. You can watch it in full below.
In the video, the pop music icon admitted that she considered cancelling her concert because of the attacks, one of which happened in Bataclan Concert Hall where the American rock band "Eagles of Death Metal" was currently having a concert. However, Madonna said that in spite of being torn with the idea that she is dancing and having fun when a tragedy just befell Paris, she continued the show because silencing those who are enjoying their freedom are what the terrorists wanted. "Why should I allow them to stop me and to stop us from enjoying freedom? All of the places where people were killed were places where people were having fun, people were enjoying themselves... there is no one in this world that should have the right to stop us from doing what we love," the pop icon added.
Madonna spoke about how everyone has a part in the process to change the world. "The way we change the world is that we change the way we treat one another on a daily basis, in the simplest ways... with dignity and respect" she said in the video.
She posted a photo of her concert in her social media accounts saying she felt like everyone involved was turning darkness to light.
Thank you Stockholm! Tonight's show was difficult but there was so much love in this arena it made me feel like we were turning darkness into light. And that is our jobs as human beings! #rebelhearttour
A photo posted by Madonna (@madonna) on Nov 14, 2015 at 9:05pm PST