Madonna Defends Her Aretha Franklin “VMA” Tribute
Madonna has released a statement in response to the backlash over her tribute to the late Aretha Franklin at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.
“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,” Madonna posted on Instagram. She continued, “Unfortunately most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge. I love Aretha! R.E.S.P.E.C.T. 🙏🏼.”
Viewers were slamming Madonna on social media over the speech because it spoke more about her life than Aretha’s life and legacy. Before presenting the award for Video of the Year, the singer shared a story about how Franklin “changed the course” of her life – and social media users dragged her for how much it focused on herself as opposed to the Queen of Soul.
After talking about her early career struggles, Madonna revealed she sang Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” at a breakthrough audition.
Madonna’s outfit was also criticized for being culturally appropriative. Madonna seemed to be wearing traditional African clothing, having just returned from a 60th birthday trip to Morocco and Malawi.
i will never forget meeting @madonna last night 😭 that part of the night doesn’t seem real. i loved hugging my friends and also freaking out over being in the same room as so many amazing artists- it feels strange and surreal and i had to take deep breaths every 2 seconds. honestly TOO MANY EMOTIONS FOR MY TINY BODY #vmas2018
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