Madonna Defends Her VMA Aretha Franklin Tribute After Being Slammed On Twitter

Madonna was in hot water for a minute after her tribute to Aretha Franklin at Sunday’s VMA’s. Viewers slammed Madonna for talking more about herself than about the Queen of Soul but Madonna, has since defended herself, explaining that she was asked to present the Video Of The Year Award and never actually intended to give a an tribute speech.

“Just to clarify: I was asked to present video of the year by MTV! And then they asked me to share any anecdotes I had in my career connected to Aretha Franklin,” she said via IG. “I shared a part of my journey and thanked Aretha for inspiring me along the way. I did not intend to do a tribute to her!”

Watch Madonna’s speech below:

 

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Im with the Winner!! The beautiful @camila_cabello ! So proud of her! 🌈💕🎉. And just to clarify: I was asked to present video of the year by MTV! And then they asked me to share any anecdotes I had in my career connected to Aretha Franklin! I shared a part of my journey and thanked Aretha for inspiring me along the way. I did not intend to do a tribute to her! That would be impossible in 2 minutes with all the noise and tinsel of an award show. I could never do her justice in this context or environment. Unfortunately most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge. I love Aretha! R.E.S.P.E.C.T. 🙏🏼. I Love Camilla! Congrats! I LOVE my dress! AND. I love-L O V E!! ♥️ and there is nothing anyone can say or do that will change that. #vmas #postivevibes

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