Madonna's Tribute to Aretha Franklin at VMAs Dissed

Eloise Marshall
August 21, 2018

The tribute started with a short clip of the Queen of Soul, who passed away last week aged 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, singing.

"Queen of Pop" Madonna led an impassioned tribute to "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin on Monday as the music world paid its R-E-S-P-E-C-Ts to the superstar at the MTV Video Music Awards.

YouTube personality Kingsley chimed in as well: "Madonna talking about guitar lessons, Paris baguettes and her ass hanging out while she looked for a stiletto with the image of Aretha Franklin behind her is everything I expected from the #VMAs". After years of struggling and being broke, I made a decision to go to audition for musical theater. I thought Madonna was supposed to be paying homage to Aretha but I all heard was her paying homage to herself.

"The "Like A Virgin" singer opened the segment by saying Franklin had "changed the course" of her life, and shared that when she was an aspiring singer and dancer she sang Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel A) Natural Woman" acapella during an unsuccessful audition.

After describing her teen exit from Detroit to make her name in show business, Madonna said at one point, "So, you are probably all wondering why I am telling you this story". "Well. Hello, sir. I would now like to present the nominees for the Video of the Year".

"No to this Aretha tribute".

"Aretha, without question, [is] one of the greatest voices in music ever", he says of the late music icon, who appeared several times on VH1's Divas. "And I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us". "The AUDACITY", another fan noted.

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Cabello then collected the biggest award of the night for her Havana video with a bow to Madonna, dedicating the trophy to, you guessed it, Madonna. You and @MTV should be ashamed.

The Queen of Soul will never be forgotten...

"Wha.what is going on here?!??"

For many social media users, the reason the tribute was so frustrating is that there were other people in the audience that could have done a much better job.

The Shade Room posted Kandi's video, and as you will see for yourself in the comments, most people agree with Kandi 100%.

"I love you ty for awesome us with your handsome and powerful speech you're wonderful", another fan added.

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