Odds & Ends: Madonna, Paul McCartney & Adele

Madonna speaks out about M.I.A.’s Super Bowl bird-flip, Paul McCartney wants to help you propose on Valentine’s Day, and Adele sings a cappella for Anderson Cooper.

Madonna Discusses M.I.A.’s Middle Finger

Regardless of your opinion of Madonna’s performance, we can all agree that Madonna minded her manners during last weekend’s Super Bowl halftime show. By leaving the mirrored cross at home and making sure her wardrobe didn’t malfunction, she was on her best behavior. The same can’t be said for M.I.A, who raised her middle finger to the crowd during a split second moment while performing with Madonna on “Get Me All Your Luvin.’”

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Performing with LMFAO at the Super Bowl halftime show in Indianapolis.

NBC and the NFL both apologized. M.I.A.’s record label told the Associated Press Monday that it had no comment.

Madonna, who said she didn’t even know about the bird-flip until after the show, talked about the gesture with Ryan Seacrest Friday morning on his radio show “On Air With Ryan Seacrest.”

“I wasn’t happy about it, because for me – I understand it’s kind of punk rock and everything – but to me there was such a feeling of love and good energy and positivity,” she said, according to Idolator.com. “It seemed negative. It’s one of those things that’s such a teenager, kind of, irrelevant thing to do in one respect. But on the other, there was such a feeling of love and unity there. What was the point? It was just out of place.”

All You Need Is Love – And A Proposal

Paul McCartney is hosting a contest for all of you lovebirds out there, specifically those who are planning on proposing to that special someone Feb. 14.

If you’re looking for a brilliant way to pop the question, McCartney is setting aside a space on top of his Facebook page on Valentine’s Day just for you. Well, just one of you.

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The O2, London, UK

To enter the contest would be-fiancés or fiancées must fill out a form with their proposal message in 10 words or less in addition to explaining what you love about your partner, along with your partner’s name, your name, email address and age. The winner will be notified Feb. 12.

McCartney’s contest is in celebration of his new studio album, Kisses On The Bottom. The album was released this week on Hear Music.

Click here to enter McCartney’s Valentine’s Day proposal contest.

Adele Sings For Anderson

Adele warmed up for her set at this weekend’s Grammy Awards by singing her hit “Rolling In The Deep” for Anderson Cooper.

The performance is featured in a “60 Minutes” interview, which airs Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. on CBS, right before the Grammy Awards begins at 8 p.m.

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Brit Award 2011, O2 Arena, London, UK

Adele’s long fingernails prevented her from playing the piano and so she sang a cappella for Cooper. The tune marked the first time she’s showed off her pipes since undergoing vocal cord surgery last fall. The surgery was done to stop recurrent bleeding from a benign polyp. Adele canceled or postponed a number of shows last year because of health issues related to her voice.

The British singer is nominated for six Grammys including album of the year, record of the year and song of the year.