Published: Wed, August 22, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Madonna Tries To Justify Her Controversial Aretha Franklin VMAs Tribute

Madonna Tries To Justify Her Controversial Aretha Franklin VMAs Tribute

Franklin grew up in Detroit, and also left home at a young age to pursue a career in music. Madonna's VMAs posts, including one that mentioned the hashtags "respect" and "arethafranklin", racked up hundreds of comments after the awards show. On the day of Aretha's death, Ariana Grande performed "Natural Woman" with the Roots. Except it wasn't really a tribute to the Queen of Soul. "Aretha Louise Franklin changed the course of my life", she said. But fans have complained the speech was more about herself, rather than Franklin.

How hard is it to pay tribute to an artist who broke down walls both as a musician and an activist, spent decades releasing some of the most iconic pop and soul songs of all time, and sang for presidents, royalty, and millions of fans around the world? Near the end of her speech, Madonna took about six seconds to actually acknowledge Franklin.

"None of this would have happened without our lady of soul", she told the crowd.

Madonna added: "Unfortunately most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge". In this room tonight.

"I want to thank you Aretha for empowering us all".

The outfit that Madonna wore was quite eccentric.

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Some accused Madonna, in her spiky silver headpiece, heavy necklaces and beaded bracelets, of cultural appropriation.

Earlier today, Madonna responded to the criticism via Instagram. People couldn't believe that it was happening, and were outraged at the terrible tribute.

Along with Best New Artist, Cardi racked up a whopping 10 additional nominations at this year's VMAs - the most of any artist.

The Detroit Free Press claimed Franklin's four sons filed a document in Oakland County Probate Court on Tuesday in which they listed themselves as interested parties in her estate. "This Madonna speech is reprehensible". "R-e-s-p-e-c-t. Long live the queen".

As usual, it was a night of fashion, performances, celebrity appearances, overall freaky happenings, and of course, candid social media reactions to all of those things.

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