Madonna defends herself after backlash over Aretha Franklin tribute at VMAs

Madonna's self-indulgent tribute to Aretha Franklin gets criticised by fans

Instead, Madonna has been blasted for honouring the late Aretha Franklin at this year's MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) with a speech nearly entirely about herself. MTV dug Madonna out her dusty ass coffin and had her honor the late queen, but everything went left when she used the allotted 10 minutes of tribute time to make it about herself. Madonna story was about singing a song popularized by Franklin during an audition but included much more about her own career.

"Of course Madonna manages to make this Aretha Franklin tribute about her", one Twitter user said.

Those who watched the event know that Madonna was there to present the award for Video of the Year, but before she honored Camila Cabello with it, Madonna chose to share a story with the audience.

Many viewers took to Twitter to criticize what they saw as a disrespectful tribute to Franklin's legacy.

"For the record, I LOVE Madonna".

The outlet states that per MI law, Franklin's four sons - Clarence, Edward, Ted and Kecalf - will have equal shares in her estate. She led me to where I am today.

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

Before doing so, however, the 60-year-old singer spoke briefly about her connection with Aretha Franklin, who passed away last week.

The 18-time Grammy Award victor died August 16 at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer.

"In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart", Franklin's family said in a statement to The Associated Press at the time. Kandi Burruss took to Instagram to express her dismay with the "tribute".

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

"Love you Madonna, but what was supposed to be a tribute to the "Queen of Soul", you made it all about you". Write to us in the Comments Section or on our Facebook page.

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