Madonna has marked World AIDS Day? (December 1) during a London concert with a touching tribute to family and friends affected by the disease.
“I also want to point out that today is World AIDS Day,” she told the crowd, in fan video uploaded online.
“It’s important to remember that we still haven’t found a cure for AIDS but we have found a way to keep people alive and healthy and that is because so many amazing people for more than three decades have been doing amazing work to make that magic happen.”
“I feel like I should acknowledge not only the dearest, greatest and most amazing friends of mine who died of AIDS so many years ago, and who still do… the entire family of my adopted son died of AIDS.
“Let’s give a big thanks to people who continue to fight to find a cure for this disease and let’s acknowledge all the people who have passed who have fought to raise awareness. We shall overcome one day.”
She finished: “Just to say thank you I’d like to sing a little prayer to you,” before launching into “Like A Prayer” to wild applause.
The concert was Madge’s triumphant return to London’s O2 arena after she fell onstage at the same venue performing during the Brit Awards in February.
She’ll bring her Rebel Heart Tour to Australia next year, including two dates at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on March 26 and 27.