"Madonna. Best song???? ---- off!!!" David Furnish wrote on his Facebook page after Madonna's name was called at the awards ceremony in Beverly Hills. Shortly thereafter he added, "Madonna winning best original song truly shows how these awards have nothing to do with merit. Her acceptance speech was embarrassing in its narcissism."
Madonna won for "Masterpiece," from her movie "W.E.," which she also directed. She shared the award with co-writers Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry. She was competing with John and lyricist Bernie Taupin's "Hello Hello" from the animated film "Gnomeo & Juliet" and three other movie songs.
On the red carpet before the ceremony, John also had unkind words for Madonna, telling interviewer Carson Daly that she "doesn't have a ---- chance of winning tonight." Daly replied lightheartedly, "Those are fighting words," to which John responded, "They're accurate words."
Madonna's spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg told Newsday there would be no comment.
Backstage at the awards, however, Madonna took John's words in stride. "I hope he speaks to me for the next couple of years," she said, according to Us Weekly. "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!"