Madonna confuses VMAs crowd with self-centered tribute to Aretha Franklin

21 August, 2018, 17:13 | Author: Heather Diaz
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You are probably all wondering why I am telling you this story.

Madonna presents the award for video of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in NY.

But as she continued, it became an, uh, interesting story much more about Madonna and much less about Aretha - immediately after which, Madge transitioned awkwardly and presented the Video of the Year nominees and victor. "I needed to go home and learn to play guitar, and that's exactly what I did. She led me to where I am today", Madonna said.

She left performing duties to Canadian singer and songwriter Shawn Mendes, who treated fans to his acclaimed single "In My Blood", which chronicles his struggle with anxiety disorder. "I don't know what I said, I don't know what came over me".

Viewers weren't all that impressed with Madonna's tribute to Franklin, but it wasn't just what happened on the stage last night that got people talking about the pop star's attitude towards soul musicians and black culture.

"The "Like A Virgin" singer opened the segment by saying Franklin had "changed the course" of her life, and shared that when she was an aspiring singer and dancer she sang Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel A) Natural Woman" acapella during an unsuccessful audition.

The Shade Room posted Kandi's video, and as you will see for yourself in the comments, most people agree with Kandi 100%.

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Though the singer's message was clear, many were critical of her delivery and the lack of actual Franklin-context in her speech. "R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Long live the Queen", Madonna added.

"Does Madonna know Madonna didn't die?".

Cardi B, who in little more than a year has become one of the most prominent women in the male-dominated world of hip-hop, also took best new artist.

"Where's Kanye when you need him?" wrote one user, making reference to the 2009 VMAs when Kanye West stormed the stage during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech and grabbed the microphone from Swift to announce Beyoncé deserved the award.

Someone wrote that Madonna's speech demonstrated "a dynamic performance of peak white womanhood".

"Love you Madonna, but what was supposed to be a tribute to the "Queen of Soul", you made it all about you".

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