Madonna Slammed By Fans Over ‘Disrespectful’ Aretha Franklin Tribute At MTV VMAs

21 August 2018, 11:56

Madonna's tribute to Aretha Franklin at the MTV VMAs
Madonna's tribute to Aretha Franklin at the MTV VMAs. Picture: Getty

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.

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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.

Madonna's tribute to Aretha Franklin at the MTV VMAs 2018
Madonna's tribute to Aretha Franklin at the MTV VMAs 2018. Picture: Getty

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:

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.

Nicki Minaj’s feud with Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner led to a number of awkward encounters, while fans are convinced that Cardi B also threw shade at the New York rapper.

Jennifer Lopez also stole the show with a stunning medley after winning the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

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