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VMAs: Madonna bashed over Aretha Franklin 'tribute'

VMAs: Madonna bashed over Aretha Franklin 'tribute'

The one-time pop star was there to present the award video of the year and honor the Queen of Soul, but her speech turned out to be more about Madonna than Franklin.

According to court papers obtained by TMZ, the late singer died "intestate", which means the Queen of Soul did not have a will when she died.

Madonna is drawing criticism for her VMAs tribute to Aretha Franklin, and for good reason.

The singer, 60, paid homage to Franklin before presenting Video Of Year to Camila Cabello during the ceremony at Radio City Music Hall.

For the next few minutes, she talked about how the French producer was impressed by her, how he was going to make her famous, and threw in a "Bitch I'm Madonna". With a picture of Aretha displayed behind her, she began her tribute. I heard the pay was better.

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Finally, she told the story of an audition where she didn't bring sheet music or a pre-prepared song.

"I left Detroit when I was 18", she said.

However soon after Madonna had finished the speech, fans were quick to slam her tribute for being self-indulgent.

While watching, I couldn't help but think back on a similar moment during the 2018 Golden Globe Awards that took place earlier this year, when female actors wore black gowns as a nod to #MeToo.

Many viewers took to Twitter to criticize what they saw as a disrespectful tribute to Franklin's legacy.

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"You do not disrespect an ICON like that".

Franklin will be entombed at Detroit's Woodlawn Cemetery - alongside her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin, brother Cecil Franklin, sisters Carolyn and Erma Franklin and nephew Thomas Garrett. Madonna's VMAs posts, including one that mentioned the hashtags "respect" and "arethafranklin", racked up hundreds of comments after the awards show.

Critics thought the tangential speech an undeserving tribute to the Queen of Soul. You and @MTV should be ashamed. The absence of a will is especially surprising considering his financial needs and other forms of support his condition will require for the rest of his life.

"For the record, I LOVE Madonna".

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