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Let us throwback to 1998 this week when Ray Of Light, the title track off Madonna‘s critically-acclaimed album was released.

Considered one of Madonna’s best recordings, the song won two Grammy Awards for Best Dance Recording and Best Short Form Video. The music video directed by her would-be long-time collaborator Jonas Åkerlund received a total of five ‘Moonmen’ from the MTV Video Music Awards in 1998 (Video of the Year, Best Female Video, Best Direction, Best Editing and Best Choreography) becoming Madonna‘s most awarded music video. The video was also listed at #4 in The Top 100 Videos That Broke The Rules from MTV.

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Two weeks after the music video premiere, Madonna appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show as part of her promotional blitz for Ray of Light.

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The special episode marked the first time Madonna performed the album’s title track in what is considered to be her best live rendition of the song. A sit-down interview followed where the two legendary women discussed the new album, Madonna‘s new ‘gentler and kinder’ persona, her daughter Lourdes, her new fitness fondness for yoga, among other things. Madonna even answered a few questions from the audience.

Madonna also sang Little Star, the ‘sentimental song that she wrote for her little girl’.

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It was apparent how much more comfortable Madge had become with Oprah since their first encounter in 1996 (to promote Evita) that she even presented the talk show host with a beautiful pair of Prada shoes at the end of the show.

Watch below the interview portion of the episode.

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