Madonna defends herself after Aretha Franklin tribute backlash

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Those who watched the event know that Madonna was there to present the award for Video of the Year, but before she honored Camila Cabello with it, Madonna chose to share a story with the audience. Madonna's side of the story is that she was hastily asked to tell any memories she had of Aretha Franklin while she was onstage to present Video of the Year, as MTV tried to wedge a tribute to an artist it has no connection with into a show that contained essentially none of her musical DNA.

Aretha Franklin reportedly did not leave a will. Many fans took to social media during the VMAs to sound off about Madonna's tribute.

Here's the key part of the post, which Madonna shared on Tuesday.

'R E S P E C T. Long live the Queen'.

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Suffering from pancreatic cancer, Franklin died in her home in Detroit on August 16 and sent the music world and her fans into mourning.

And just to clarify: I was asked to present video of the year by MTV! That would be impossible in two minutes with all the noise and tinsel of an award show.

Her death last week brought tributes ranging from former President Barack Obama and Elton John to Carole King, Barbara Streisand and Lionel Richie. Unfortunately most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge.

During the awards show, Madonna spoke against a backdrop of a large black and white image of a young Franklin and noted that the late singer "changed the course of my life".

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"You do not disrespect an ICON like that", wrote Nina Parker on Twitter. You honor a legend by telling their story or SHUT UP.

It seemed to be the start of a tribute to the woman known as the Queen of Soul.

Madonna didn't take the insult lightly, however, later writing, "Anyone who wants to do a tribute to Prince is welcome to". Radio host Charlamagne Tha God, however, made a great point that Aretha died on Madonna's 60th birthday. I Love Camila! I love my dress! AND.

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