Madonna's rambling Aretha Franklin tribute earns backlash

Madonna's rambling Aretha Franklin tribute earns backlash

The Madonna Twitter roasting included this from one incensed Franklin fan: "Only madonna would tell her life story while honoring a dead Black Woman lmaooo".

There was a short video of early Franklin that played before Madonna said that the icon who died Thursday "changed the course of my life", and Franklin's Respect played as the night's closing credits rolled. The loss was felt acutely, as all across the nation (and the world) people expressed their condolences and memories of the legendary singer. As one Twitter user Darlene26811165 so eloquently put it: "Aretha in heaven sitting on her throne looking down at Madonna like Bitch did You die or me?"

Madge illuminated the fact that Franklin served as an inspiration to so many burgeoning singers. Her so-called tribute, however, left viewers scratching their heads, with some saying her speech was as much an appreciation of herself as it was to the Queen of Soul.

If they had given that 10 more seconds, and then introduced Madonna, who would've just introduced Artist of the Year or whatever, it would've been fine. But fans have complained the speech was more about herself, rather than Franklin. "My next meal was on the line", she said. Actually, who everyone?Show some R-E-S-P-E-C-TMadonna gets roasted P.S. why is Travis Scott dressed like a minion? "I thought Madonna was supposed to be paying homage to Aretha but all I heard was her paying homage to herself".

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"So you're probably all wondering why I'm telling you this story", she went on.

The Like A Virgin star said she ended up impressing two men at the audition by singing the tune a capella, despite them believing "some skinny-ass white girl" would not be able to "belt out a song by one of the greatest soul singers that ever lived". 'Cause I wasn't Madonna yet.

At the ceremony on Monday, Madonna gave a tribute to the Queen of Soul. "@MTV our attractive black queen deserves better", wrote one user. 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.

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

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