Aside from a few mentions of Franklin's music, most of Madonna's lengthy speech, which came right before she presented the video of the year to victor Camila Cabello, was about her own career - which earned her plenty of criticism on social media. She even closed off by sharing a memory of performing "Like A Virgin" as part of the original VMAs show in 1984 before presenting video of the year, which went to Camila Cabello for "Havana".
It's Madonna, I love you so much M, kisses and hugs ya'll show her love y'all.
On Tuesday, Madonna released a statement on social media, claiming that she was never asked to do a tribute to Franklin, but rather, just chosen to share a personal moment relating to her, which fans misunderstood.
The "Hung Up" hitmaker went on to talk about her path to pop stardom, before finishing, "I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us. I said, 'You know, by Aretha Franklin'". I love-L O V E! and there is nothing anyone can say or do that will change that. "R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Long live the queen".
After her speech, many viewers slammed Madonna for making the "tribute" about herself.
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Radio City Music Hall was packed with a star-studded crowd for the event, but Madonna, appearing in front of a larger-than-life image of a singing Franklin, reportedly didn't do a whole lot of talking about Franklin's career at all. A lot of netizens felt that she made the night all about herself in her 10-minute speech.
Telling her story, Madonna said she was living in Detroit with "35 dollars in my pocket" and being repeatedly rejected from auditions for "not being pretty enough". Nope, they just dusted off Madonna and her outfit and called it a tribute.
"I Love Camilla! Congrats!" she wrote in conclusion. Fortunately one of my favorite albums was Lady Soul by Aretha Franklin.
Lopez also put up an electrifying performance as she sang old hits like "Jenny from the Block", "I'm Real" and "All I Have", as well as "On the floor". This is a jovial kiki about Madonna's broken a- journey.