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Madonna reportedly mad at M.I.A. over finger

Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:10 PM ET

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Madonna and MIA perform during the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show at Lucas Oil Stadium on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Madonna's halftime performance was upstaged by British rapper M.I.A. giving the finger to the Super Bowl crowd, and the star isn't too happy about it.

"M.I.A. did nothing similar in rehearsals," an anonymous source tells British tabloid The Sun. "Nobody knew she was going to pull this stunt. Madonna wanted to put on a world-beating performance. But everyone ended up talking about this girl's middle finger."

According to another source quoted in the article, M.I.A. didn't plan the rude gesture. "She wasn't thinking," that source told the Sun. "She was caught in the moment and she's incredibly sorry."

The television picture briefly went blurry after M.I.A.'s gesture, and many missed the sight entirely. The NFL and NBC both apologized. (TODAY.com is a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC.)

Madonna also announced plans for her upcoming world tour this week. The tour will begin in Israel on May 29. Fifty concerts have been announced so far. She will reach the U.S. and Canada in August.

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