The pop star proved she's the ultimate trooper at the London award show

By Phil Boucher
Updated February 25, 2015 06:05 PM
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It was supposed to be Madonna‘s big comeback to the Brit Awards.

But the “Living for Love” singer suffered the mother of all wardrobe malfunctions at the start of the closing set at the O2 arena in London.

Madonna took to the stage in a bolero-style outfit draped in a long, sweeping black cape carried by devil dancers.

She then walked up some steps while her backup singers followed behind and dragged the cape off her.

Except the cape snagged, and Madonna fell off the top step, crashing to the floor with a loud, audible thump.

Like a trooper, Madonna immediately got back to her feet and continued with the song until the very end.

A rep for the singer did not immediately comment, but she assured fans that she’s “fine” in an Instagram post.

Twitter was also abuzz with photos and videos of the Material Girl’s spill alongside the hashtags #CapeFear, #CapeGate and #FallenMadonna.

Though Madonna’s first Brits in 20 years hadn’t exactly gone as planned, the rest of the evening went smoothly.

Sam Smith added two Brit Awards to the four Grammys he picked up earlier in the month.

The In the Lonely Hour singer picked up the british breakthrough and global success awards.

Fellow Brit Ed Sheeran was also a big winner, scooping the awards for best British male solo artist and British album of the year for X .

But it was Taylor Swift who won the prize for best dancing. Together with table mates Karlie Kloss, Ellie Goulding and Cara Delevingne, the “Shake It Off”: star waved her arms in the air to British dance act Take That, swayed in the aisles to George Ezra singing “Budapest” and turned into a teen fan at the sight of Madonna.

Earlier, Swift won the award for international female solo artist and opened the show with a rousing rendition of “Blank Space” while dressed in a sexy tux and sheer tights.

She even gave a shout-out to close friend Sheeran for her U.K. success, thanking him for “taking me to pubs and teaching me how to make a good cup of tea.”

Now she has also learned a lesson from Madonna: The show must always go on.