'All I heard was her paying homage to herself'

MTV VMAs: Madonna’s Aretha Franklin “Tribute” Leaves Fans Puzzled & Enraged

"The Aretha Franklin tribute is Madonna talking about herself at great length?", tweeted author Michael Arceneaux. 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.

Folks all over the world watching the MTV Video Music Awards have been left baffled by Madonna's tribute to Aretha Franklin, which only seemed to highlight the 60-year-old singer's questionable understanding of what a tribute actually is. "She proceeded to share a story about how she was inspired by Franklin and how she "belted" out "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" at an audition for a gig she didn't book.

Madge illuminated the fact that Franklin served as an inspiration to so many burgeoning singers.

On one hand, it makes sense for Madonna to bid goodbye to an icon on MTV considering she's basically the first lady of the network.

Cardi B started the show as frontrunner, narrowly taking more nominations than Jay-Z and Beyonce, who ended the evening with just one award - best cinematography - for their Louvre-shot video "Apeshit".

Viewers took to Twitter to criticize Madonna and MTV for the speech, saying it was self-indulgent and did not focus enough on Franklin. "There is a connection", she said. "Respect. Long live the queen". You are probably all wondering why I am telling you this story.

The singer and Mamma Mia! sequel star has been treating fans to a bit of Hollywood gossip at her recent shows. I thought Madonna was supposed to be paying homage to Aretha but I all heard was her paying homage to herself. "A capella? I said, 'Bitch, I'm Madonna, '" Madonna said, as the audience cheered. "You are my macho, and I love you".

View some reactions from Twitter users below, and watch Madonna's tribute above. "I'm surprised no other artists mentioned her tonight".

"Does Madonna know Madonna didn't die", wrote ESPN's Katie Nolan.

One person used a GIF of Franklin to call the tribute "lies, lies and more lies". "She epitomized white feminism @ the Women's March...and let's not forget her centering herself in The Carter's historic moment".

Madonna ruined the Aretha Tribute on the #VMAs in 2018.

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