Madonna and Aretha Franklin
Madonna and Aretha Franklin

MTV VMAs: Madonna called out for Aretha Franklin tribute

ANI | Updated: Aug 21, 2018 20:11 IST

New Delhi [India], Aug 21 (ANI): It seems like American singer Madonna's attempt to pay tribute to legendary singer Aretha Franklin on MTV's Video Music Awards turned out to be 'self-indulgent'.
Madonna was set to pay a tribute to the Queen of Soul at Monday's VMAs, but the speech turned out to be all about the Queen of Pop, Madonna herself.
Most of the tribute was spent explaining the early origins of Madonna's career. The only mention of Franklin was her song 'Natural Woman'. In the rest of the speech, she talked about her failures with launching her into a different opportunity that led to the rest of her career.
Towards the end of her speech, she added, "I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Long live the queen."
Tweeple went berserk over her tribute and trolled her for focusing on her own triumph rather than Franklin's legacy.
A user wrote, "I'm so lost. I thought Madonna was supposed to be paying homage to Aretha but I all heard was her paying homage to herself. HEAVY on the Mayonnaise."

"Madonna presents an Aretha Franklin tribute by Madonna featuring Madonna with Madonna and Madonna as "Madonna," tweeted another user.

"Does Madonna know Madonna didn't die," read another hilarious tweet.

Expressing anger, a user wrote, "You do not disrespect an ICON like that. This is a jovial kiki about Madonna's broken ass journey. You honor a legend by telling their story or SHUT UP. The AUDACITY."

Franklin died at her home on August 16 due to a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor. (ANI)