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Last week we lost the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and while many are still mourning her loss and remembering her legacy, fans and social media were also not looking forward to any tributes that MTV had planned.
Citing that MTV wouldn’t get the right artists to honor the late Queen, many fans took to Twitter to shade MTV and Pop icon Madonna for her speech. Many quickly pointed out that Madonna’s speech was mainly self-centered and had nothing to do with respecting Aretha Franklin.
People are upset about Madonna’s Aretha Franklin tribute at the VMA’s ‘cos it was basically all about her and not Aretha. Whatchu think? Here’s a snippet
— Kenzy Vinco (@KenzyVinco) August 21, 2018
Sharing a story of how she found her success with the help of Franklin, Madonna eventually made her point by the speeches end stating:
You’re probably all wondering why I’m telling you this story,” she said. “None of [my success] would’ve happened, could’ve happened, without our Lady of Soul. She led me to where I am today. And I know she influenced so many people in this house tonight, in this room tonight. I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us: R-e-s-p-e-c-t. Long live the Queen.
See how some fans reacted below:
Did Madonna make her Aretha Tribute about Madonna with a sprinkle of Aretha’s name in it??
— Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) August 21, 2018
Madonna did the tribute speech for Aretha Franklin. Madonna did the tribute performance for Prince. Madonna did the tribute speech for Michael Jackson…why? Who keeps thinking its a good idea to hire Madonna to eulogize Black artists who have passed away?
— LEFT⚫️ (@LeftSentThis) August 21, 2018
Aretha in heaven sitting on her throne looking down at Madonna like Bitch did You die or me?
— D.T. (@Darlene26811165) August 21, 2018