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Fans criticise Madonna for VMA tribute to Aretha Franklin

Fans criticise Madonna for VMA tribute to Aretha Franklin

"None of this would have happened without our lady of soul", Madonna said. "I shared a part of my journey and thanked Aretha for inspiring me along the way. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Long live the queen", she added.

"I thought Madonna was supposed to be paying homage to Aretha but all I heard was her paying homage to herself".

The outlet states that per MI law, Franklin's four sons - Clarence, Edward, Ted and Kecalf - will have equal shares in her estate. "I don't know who I was". And Madonna's Tuesday Instagram didn't respond to backlash over the singer's fashion choice - which she herself acknowledged was a North African Berber, or Amazigh, outfit.

Nearly instantaneously, there was outcry online that Madonna's "tribute" was too self-focused, as the singer hardly mentioned the Queen of Soul. If you're Madonna, very hard.

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

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All that "tribute" showed us is how out of touch MTV has become over the years in their desperate bid to keep up with the "cool" kids.

Madonna went on to describe how the producers didn't call her for weeks but said they wanted to take her to Paris to make her a star.

Madonna paid tribute to Aretha Franklin at the MTV Video Music Awards 2018, saying she "led me to where I am today". I did not intend to do a tribute to her!. Yet, somehow Madonna's tribute to Franklin at Monday night's MTV VMAs was so tone deaf we can nearly hear Franklin rolling her eyes from the great beyond.

In the late 1960s, Franklin saw success with "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" and "Respect", an Otis Redding cover that quickly took on its own life as a No. 1 hit. This isn't the first time Madonna has hijacked a moment meant to celebrate a much more talented counterpart artist who had just passed.


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