Madonna says she didn't intend to do tribute to Franklin — MTV VMAs

Madonna's self-indulgent tribute to Aretha Franklin gets criticised by fans

Hatch wrote on Twitter that he is "honored" to co-sponsor the legislation to "honor the legendary Aretha Franklin in this small way". Then there was some rambling about living in a crack den (is this Madonna's version of "Jenny From The Block"?) before she circled back to Franklin long enough to tell the crowd to show the late singer some R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Viewers were less than impressed however, as one said: "Who keeps letting Madonna do tributes?". But critics say Madonna's speech was only about Franklin on the surface. "And then they asked me to share any anecdotes I had in my career connected to Aretha Franklin!" she Instagrammed alongside a picture of herself with Video of the Year victor Camila Cabello. I shared part of my journey and thanked Aretha for inspiring me along the way. Yet, somehow Madonna's tribute to Franklin at Monday night's MTV VMAs was so tone deaf we can nearly hear Franklin rolling her eyes from the great beyond. I could never do her any justice in this context and environment'.

The beloved Queen Of Soul died aged 76 following a battle with pancreatic cancer on Thursday 16 August, surrounded by friends and family.

However, today, Madonna defended herself, explaining that she was not asked to do a tribute but only talk about an important personal moment and that everyone just misunderstood.

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It made no mention of Franklin's own career.

And just to clarify: I was asked to present video of the year by MTV!

"You do not disrespect an ICON like that", wrote Nina Parker on Twitter. I Love Camila! I love my dress! AND. Many complained that both Madonna and MTV were disrespectful of Franklin.

A few of the star's die-hard fans managed to shine a ray of light on the situation, though, including one who called the tribute a "Great speech!"

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