Madonna gets no respect for Aretha Franklin VMA tribute

Lawrence Kim
August 21, 2018

"Queen of Pop" Madonna led an impassioned tribute to "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin on Monday as the music world paid its R-E-S-P-E-C-Ts to the superstar at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Of course, once Madonna stepped out onto the stage in an outfit that was pieced together from the appropriation rack from Urban Outfitters, it was clear the "Like a Virgin" singer was going to embarrass herself far more severely than if she tried to sing one of Franklin's songs.

Madonna also presented the top award of the night, for video of the year, to Camila Cabello for Havana. Madonna said after telling the long story.

Maybe there's a reason for all this?!

On one hand, it makes sense for Madonna to bid goodbye to an icon on MTV considering she's basically the first lady of the network. So he said, 'I just wanted to call and tell you that I don't want you in my movie and Jack Nicholson and I think you're too old and you're not sexy.' Good morning, 40!

In addition to the VMAs tribute, celebs have been sharing their memories of Franklin following her death last week, and a source told ET on Thursday that her good friend Clive Davis - with the blessing of her family - is planning a tribute concert on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. "She proceeded to share a story about how she was inspired by Franklin and how she "belted" out "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" at an audition for a gig she didn't book. "There is a connection", she said.

It resulted in her landing a singing job in Paris but Madonna threw that in to return to the United States to learn how to play guitar. But we suppose her earlier performance of "God is a woman" at the VMAs will have to do.

Fans will also be able to pay their respects to Franklin during a public viewing next week at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, ET confirms. But... no. How dare you, @MTV. How. "Madonna gave herself a tribute featuring Aretha", one Twitter user wrote shortly after the tribute. "I'm surprised no other artists mentioned her tonight". She spoke at length about her own start in the business and her own career before thanking Franklin for "empowering all of us. Who approved this", another said.

You can check out one of the better parts of the tribute in the tweet below.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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