Madonna Explains About Tribute and Backlash for Her Aretha Franklin Tribute at the VMA’s

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At 1:53 p.m. today, Madonna clarified her Aretha Franklin tribute at the VMAs after going through so much backlash for speaking about herself more than the legend. The pop star explained on Instagram this afternoon:

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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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Here are some responses from people in regards to Madonna’s tribute to Aretha Franklin.

https://twitter.com/ScottieBeam/status/1031745144322711553?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1031745144322711553&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.harpersbazaar.com%2Fcelebrity%2Flatest%2Fa22786677%2Fmadonna-aretha-franklin-vmas-2018-reactions%2F

https://twitter.com/rachel_mag/status/1031750970232000514?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1031750970232000514&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.harpersbazaar.com%2Fcelebrity%2Flatest%2Fa22786677%2Fmadonna-aretha-franklin-vmas-2018-reactions%2F

Not only did she receive major backlash from the tribute, but she also received some from her outfit. Fans, really let Madonna have it for this year’s VMA’s.

https://twitter.com/futuresfirst/status/1031859064886767616?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1031859064886767616&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.harpersbazaar.com%2Fcelebrity%2Flatest%2Fa22786677%2Fmadonna-aretha-franklin-vmas-2018-reactions%2F

This was the speech that Madonna made that caused so much backlash.

“I left Detroit when I was 18,” she continued, mentioning Franklin’s hometown. “Thirty-five dollars in my pocket. My dream was to make it as a professional dancer. After years of struggling and being broke, I decided to go to auditions for musical theater. I heard the pay was better. I had no training or dreams ever ever becoming a singer, but I went for it.”

“So. You are probably all wondering why I am telling you this story,” Madonna said at the end of the tribute. “There is a connection, because none of this would have happened, could have 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. And I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us. R-e-s-p-e-c-t. Long live the queen.”

More can be seen below of the speech:

 

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