Madonna defends herself after backlash over Aretha Franklin tribute at VMAs

"In her speech, Madonna talked about an audition at the start of her career when she sang Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman".

'Fortunately one of my favourite albums was Lady Soul by Aretha Franklin, ' she continued. "She led me to where I am today and I know she influenced so many people", the speech ended.

She ended the speech with an emotional message: "Thank you Aretha for empowering all of us, Our R-E-S-P-E-C-T". If you're Madonna, very hard. Many complained that both Madonna and MTV were disrespectful of Franklin.

All that "tribute" showed us is how out of touch MTV has become over the years in their desperate bid to keep up with the "cool" kids.

"An iconic entertainer, powerful civil rights leader and a attractive spirit who I am privileged to call friend", Lawrence said in a statement.

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Before presenting the night's biggest award, "Video of the Year", the entertainer paid tribute to the legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who passed away late last week. She asserts that she never "intended to do a tribute to her", according to a post the singer shared on Instagram. And they asked me to share any anecdotes that I had in my career connected to Aretha Franklin!

After describing her teen exit from Detroit to make her name in show business, Madonna said at one point, "So, you are probably all wondering why I am telling you this story". There was no way for Madonna to regain control of this narrative, except, perhaps, to hijack a tribute to Franklin and return the spotlight to her. Divas, after all, have done far shadier things.

In the late 1960s, Franklin saw success with "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" and "Respect", an Otis Redding cover that quickly took on its own life as a No. 1 hit.

Let's keep it real, shall we?

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