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21 August 2018, 11:56
Madonna is under fire...
Madonna is being criticised by fans for her tribute to late singer Aretha Franklin at the MTV VMAs.
The singer, 60, paid homage to Franklin before presenting Video Of Year to Camila Cabello during the ceremony at Radio City Music Hall.
During the speech, Madonna admitted that Aretha Franklin’s classic ‘R.E.S.P.E.C.T’ helped her start her own career in music.
“None of this would have happened, could have happened without our lady of soul,” she said.
Madonna told fans about the time she was living in Detroit with very little money and getting rejected from auditions for “not being pretty enough.”
She also revealed that she sang Aretha Franklin’s song ‘Natural Woman’ during an early audition as a backing dancer, which contributed to her travelling to Paris and beginning her musical career.
She ended the speech with an emotional message: “Thank you Aretha for empowering all of us, Our R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Long live the queen.”
However soon after Madonna had finished the speech, fans were quick to slam her tribute for being self-indulgent.
See the reaction below:
MTV: We'd like you to give a tribute to Aretha Franklin— lgreene91 (@lgreene91) August 21, 2018
Madonna: Great, so this is how I got my career started...
MTV: No, no, a tribute to Aretha
Madonna: So I said "bitch, I'm Madonna"
MTV: This isn't about you madge
Madonna: Look at my African jewelry #VMAs
Madonna gave herself a tribute featuring Aretha.— LoveYourself (@ScottieBeam) August 21, 2018
The Aretha Franklin tribute is Madonna talking about herself at great length?— Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick) August 21, 2018
I hope the vmas plan to issue a public apology for allowing Madonna to disrespect Aretha Franklin's legacy like that #VMAs— Kia Kia (@kiiajai) August 21, 2018
Madonna’s tribute to Aretha Franklin is Madonna telling a story about herself while acknowledging she loved the “Lady Soul” album. #VMAs— Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick) August 21, 2018
Madonna is yet to respond to the fierce backlash against her Aretha Franklin tribute.
Meanwhile, this year’s MTV VMAs was filled with a series of incidents that didn’t go unnoticed.
Jennifer Lopez also stole the show with a stunning medley after winning the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.