Madonna slammed for Aretha Franklin tribute at the MTV VMAs 2018

21 August, 2018, 16:30 | Author: Norman Carr
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Madonna didn't have sheet music though so she chose to sing the song acapella because she knew it "off by heart" anyway - and even though she was "some skinny-ass white girl", she was still able to sing the song no bother.

"#Madonna is demonstrating a dynamic performance of peak white womanhood".

And: "Madonna really got up on that stage, with a backdrop of Aretha Franklin behind her, and spent the entire segment talking about herself and how she proved everyone wrong".

But many fans didn't think her tribute empowered Aretha herself.

"None of this would've happened, could've happened without our lady of soul. I panicked. I had overlooked this important part of the audition process", she continued.

"And I know she influenced so many people in this house tonight, in this room tonight".

"I love you ty for fantastic us with your attractive and powerful speech you're unbelievable", another fan added.


The outfit that Madonna wore was quite eccentric.

Some accused Madonna, in her spiky silver headpiece, heavy necklaces and beaded bracelets, of cultural appropriation.

And Madonna's 10-minute-long story about her own success and her life only caused Twitter to respond accordingly. In 2016, people weren't too happy with her tribute to the late and legendary Prince at the Billboard Awards. Others pointed out that the VMAs did a bad job, but that not everyone did.

Franklin, 76 at the time of her death, passed away last Thursday following a battle with pancreatic cancer. "This Madonna speech is reprehensible".

But artist and video of the year - for "Havana" - went to former Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello, who earlier had to endure comedian Tiffany Haddish struggling to pronounce her name before joking awkwardly: "I only speak English".

Cardi B started the show as frontrunner, narrowly taking more nominations than Jay-Z and Beyonce, who ended the evening with just one award - best cinematography - for their Louvre-shot video "Apeshit".

The music industry lost one of its very brightest stars last week with the death of the unrivaled Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Perhaps Ariana Grande could have been invited to do another rendition of "Natural Woman", or someone else new could have sung something to celebrate Aretha.

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