“Masterpiece” is a song by American recording artist Madonna for the soundtrack of the 2012 film W.E.. The song was later included on her twelfth studio album MDNA (2012). It was released as a radio single in the United Kingdom on April 2, 2012, to promote the album. The song was composed by Madonna, Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry and produced by Madonna and William Orbit. It garnered critical acclaim from contemporary critics, who praised its lyrical content and Madonna’s vocal performance.
The song won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 69th Golden Globe Awards, but was ineligible for Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 84th Academy Awards. Its Golden Globe nomination sparked a red carpet rivalry between herself and singer Elton John. “Masterpiece” became a moderate success, topping the airplay chart of Russia, while reaching the lower regions of the charts in the Czech Republic, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom. “Masterpiece” was performed by Madonna on her 2012 The MDNA Tour, where she was accompanied by Basque musicians Kalakan trio. The performance of the song was considered a highlight of the tour.
On January 15, 2012, “Masterpiece” won the Best Original Song category at the 69th Golden Globe Awards. Its nomination sparked rivalrous comments on the red carpet from fellow singer Elton John, whose song—”Hello, Hello” from Gnomeo & Juliet—was also nominated in the category. John told host Carson Daly that Madonna “hasn’t got a fucking chance” of winning the award. When Madonna later had her red carpet interview with Daly, she took swipes at John’s masculinity first, asking about his wardrobe: “Was he wearing a dress?” and after being informed of his comments stating, “May the best man win”.
Subsequent to the announcement, John’s husband, David Furnish, opined on his personal Facebook page that “Madonna winning Best Original Song truly shows how these awards have nothing to do with merit”. Madonna commented backstage: “I hope he speaks to me for the next couple of years. He’s been known to get mad at me so I don’t know. He’s brilliant and I adore him so he’ll win another award. I don’t feel bad!” Three days later Furnish recanted his comments saying, “My passion for our film Gnomeo & Juliet and belief in Elton’s song really got my emotional juices going,” and continuing by wishing her well on the premiere of W.E.
“Masterpiece” was ineligible for the Best Original Song category at the 84th Academy Awards, since it was not “used either in the body of the film, or as the ‘first music cue’ in the closing credits (i.e. the first song that plays once the screen fades to black).” It was used too late in the film credits to be eligible.