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

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Viewers slammed the singer's statement for being mostly about herself rather than Franklin, who passed away last week.

The Rebel Heart singer sparked a backlash with a 10-minute speech focused mostly on her own early career at Monday's live show, which organisers had said would pay honour and tribute to Franklin four days after her death at age 76.

Madonna's tribute to Aretha Franklin at today's MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) has not gone down so well.

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When the producers she auditioned for took her by surprise by asking her to sing on the spot, she blurted out Aretha's "Natural Woman", and sang it a capella.

Marc Snetiker of Entertainment Weekly described the speech on Twitter as "Madonna presents an Aretha Franklin tribute by Madonna featuring Madonna with Madonna and Madonna as "Madonna".

The Grammy victor reiterated that "none of this would've happened, could've happened without our lady of soul". I'm sitting here waiting for her to mention how all of that tied in with Aretha. I had no training or dreams of ever becoming a singer, but I went for it. I tried to make it look like it was part of the choreography, looking for the missing stiletto.

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Of course, the VMAs have always been about "moments" as much as awards themselves, and, as was the case past year, these didn't offer a flashpoint like Miley Cyrus twerking or Kanye West barging into a Taylor Swift speech with the immortal words, "I'ma let you finish". "I got cut, and rejected from every audition", Madonna continued. And I know she influenced so many people in this house tonight. "There is a connection", she said.

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"I'm so lost", radio host Charlamagne Tha God tweeted. "The rest is history". Actually, who everyone?Show some R-E-S-P-E-C-TMadonna gets roasted P.S. why is Travis Scott dressed like a minion? After the show, my manager said my career was over... She stood up in front of millions while wearing traditional Moroccan/Amazigh attire, perpetuating the controversy and inviting accusations of cultural appropriation, as The Hollywood Reporter points out.

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