Fans of Aretha Franklin were unimpressed by Madonna's tribute to the Queen of Soul at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2018.
Franklin died last week at the age of 76 after a historic career, and viewers of the VMAs expected the Awards Show to honor a woman who paved the way for so many pop, R & B, and soul singers around the world.
Madonna was selected to pay homage, though some fans felt like the 60-year-old "Material Girl" singer was doing everything about herself. When she projected a picture of Franklin onto the stage, Madonna told a long, sometimes long-winded story, mainly about her own journey.
"Aretha Louise Franklin changed the course of my life, I left Detroit when I was 1
It was only at the end of her speech that she spoke again to Franklin. "Well, you're probably all wondering why I'm telling you this story, there's a reason that none of this could have happened without our lover," she concluded. "She took me to where I am today, and I know she influenced so many people in this house tonight, tonight in this room, and I want to thank you, Aretha, for making us all stronger RESPECT Long live the queen. "
It was not long before the internet reacted, annoyed that Madonna had spent so much time with her own story. Many felt that Franklin was honored only when their hit "Respect" was played during the award ceremony.
Here are a few of the responses to Madonna's tribute to Franklin:
Just Days Ago To the VMAs, ET talked to the executive producers of the show, who said they were planning to Franklin in a "big way." to honor, but confessed that they were still "confused" to find out what they wanted to do.
We will definitely honor them, "said Jesse Ignjatovic, co-founder of Den of Thieves production company and executive producer of the VMAs." We're talking about what that still is. We are still working on it. Obviously it's Aretha Franklin and we want to do it right and honor her in the best and greatest possible way. "
VMA's executive producer Bruce Gillmer added," [We’re] trying to figure out how to put something together that's right and appropriate feels. We crawl, but we focus on that, without question. "
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