VMAs: Madonna bashed over Aretha Franklin 'tribute'

VMAs: Madonna bashed over Aretha Franklin 'tribute'

VMAs: Madonna bashed over Aretha Franklin 'tribute'

"Madonna's tribute to Aretha Franklin is Madonna telling a story about herself while acknowledging she loved the "Lady Soul" album". According to the "Like A Prayer" singer, her speech was never meant to be a tribute at all.

Madonna went on to describe how the producers didn't call her for weeks but said they wanted to take her to Paris to make her a star. My dream was to make it as a professional dancer, after years of struggling and being broke, I made a decision to go to musical theatre I heard the pay was better'. She described her early struggles with finding work in musical theater and her deplorable living situation.

In the late 1960s, Franklin saw success with "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" and "Respect", an Otis Redding cover that quickly took on its own life as a No. 1 hit.

"Madonna's tribute started out strong, with the singer recounting a story about the time she went to an audition without sheet music and sang Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", a song she knew by heart.

Madonna has been making headlines and not because of something positive. "R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Long live the queen". Other than that, Madonna did not discuss Franklin's career or legacy.

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Viewers, including award-winning singer and actress Cynthia Erivo, were not amused. Madonna's 60th birthday was overshadowed in the public eye by Aretha's death.

"I was asked to present video of the year by MTV!"

Madonna posted a pic of her and Cabello that she captioned: 'Just to clarify: I was asked to present [the award for] video of the year by MTV! And I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us. "I left Detroit when I was 18", she said.

"Unfortunately most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge", she continued.

The expected tribute to Franklin at the first gathering of top musicians since the singer's death at age 76 last week came at the end of the nearly three hour ceremony. Few of the artists or presenters mentioned the legendary diva, nor did any performers sing her songs.

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