"Disrespected Queen of Soul": Fans demand apology over Madonna's "self-indulgent" Aretha Franklin tribute
Not only did fans feel that the tribute was all-about-Madonna but also they have since demanded a public apology from the 'Material Girl' singer.
Who knew the night of celebration would soon be snowballing into a full-fledged controversy.
'Like a Virgin' hitmaker Madonna took to the MTV Video Music Awards stage on Monday night to pay a tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. What started out as a homage to the late songstress - who passed away on August 16 after battling cancer - however, soon spiraled into what many fans called a "self-indulgent" tribute.
It all began with a small clip of 'I Say a Little Prayer' honoring the 'Respect' singer, who breathed her last at her home in Detroit, Michigan last week. As the clip played, Madonna took over, sharing her experience in the industry and how it all began for her with that one Aretha Franklin song.
“Aretha Louise Franklin changed the course of my life,” the 60-year-old singer began, before getting into a discourse about her life, and her attempts at making it big as a musician. "None of this could have happened without our lady of soul. She led me to where I am today. And I know she influenced so many people in this house tonight."
"I want to thank you Aretha for empowering us all. Our R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Long live the queen," Madonna added on a parting note, before announcing the winner of the Video Of The Year award - Camila Cabello for her single Havana.
Unfortunately, the 'Material Girl' singer's tribute failed to resonate with the hundreds and thousands of fans who were watching the show live. Not only did they feel that the tribute was all-about-Madonna but also they have since demanded a public apology from the singer.
"You do not disrespect an ICON like that. This is a jovial kiki about Madonna’s broken ass journey. You honor a legend by telling their story or SHUT UP. The AUDACITY," an MTV VMAs follower, angry at the way the Franklin tribute panned out, shared. The sentiments were echoed by dozen other critics as well, who took to social media to slam Madonna.
"I hope the vmas plan to issue a public apology for allowing Madonna to disrespect Aretha Franklin's legacy like that," another user shared on Twitter. As someone else chimed in, writing, "Sooo playing Aretha’s songs during the ending credits and having Madonna dressed as a witch doctor while talking about herself was the tribute?"
"Travis Scott gave a better Aretha Franklin Tribute than Madonna and All he said was RIP Aretha Franklin," added another user.
That was such an awkward tribute to Aretha Franklin. I was hoping Madonna would talk a liiiiiiiitle less about herself and more about Aretha but idk lol 🤦♀️🤷♀️— Kathleen Lights (@KathleenLights1) August 21, 2018
This is not the first time that Madonna has come under fire over her awards show performances - remember the time she honored Prince during the 2016 Billboard Awards - and looks like the trend has continued.