Madonna ‘honoured’ to introduce Pussy Riot at the Amnesty International concert

One week after she helped Queen Latifah and Macklemore officiate 33 marriages at the Grammy Awards, Madonna is preparing to make another bold statement in support of gay rights.

The Material Girl has announced she will introduce persecuted Russian group Pussy Riot before they speak at a New York concert for Amnesty International next week.

“I am honoured to introduce my fellow freedom fighters Masha and Nadya from Pussy Riot,” Madonna said in a statement. “I have admired their courage and have long supported their commitment and the sacrifices they have made in the name of freedom of expression and human rights.”

Masha, 25, and Nadya, 24, (their full names are Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova), were imprisoned in Russia for speaking out against President Vladimir Putin and his homophobic policies in 2012.

The women spent 21 months behind bars before being released on an amnesty bill on Dec. 23, 2013.

Madonna, who is a known gay rights activist and LGBT ally, has long championed the protest art group and their cause, speaking out for the band at several of her concerts, including in Moscow and St. Petersburg last year.

Imagine Dragons, The Flaming Lips, Lauryn Hill, Tegan and Sara, The Fray, Cold War Kids, Colbie Caillat and Cake are also slated to perform at the Amnesty International Concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Feb. 5.

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