Madonna snubbed by Radio 1 playlist
She is one of the world's biggest stars and hailed as the Queen of pop - but Madonna is not on BBC Radio 1's playlist which rates "musical merit" and "relevance" to its young listeners.
For more than 30 years, the Material Girl singer has reinvented herself as music and trends have evolved, and just last week she gave photographers a sneak peek of her derriere by mooning at the Grammys.
But if during the day you turn on Radio 1 - which has an audience of mainly 15-29-year-olds - you will not hear the 56-year-old's current single Living For Love as it did not make the cut.
The song, which was released in December early due to internet leaks, has only been played once on Radio 1 - on an evening show in which presenters can choose tracks that are not on the playlist.
The station said it never bans artists and added that her age would have played no part in the decision-making process.
A Radio 1 spokesman said: "The tracks are chosen on musical merit and their relevance to our young audience on a case-by-case basis, and whilst around 40% of the country's 15 to 29-year-olds tune into Radio 1 each week, an artist's age is never a factor."
Sir Paul McCartney, who is 72, currently has two tracks on the Radio 1 playlist.
Madonna, who once shared on-stage kisses with pop princesses Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, will be performing at the Brits later this month.
The Like A Virgin star last performed at the Brits in 1995, when she sang Bedtime Story.
Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Taylor Swift will also appear at the event at the O2 in London.
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