Madonna’s “trainwreck” tribute to Aretha Franklin at the VMAs is excruciating to watch

Madonna was asked to give a tribute to the late Aretha Franklin at the MTV Video Music Awards, after she passed away last Thursday.

The 60-year-old started off the speech on solid ground by saying that “Aretha Louise Franklin changed the course of my life” but it all went downhill from there.

The uncomfortable tribute then veered into self-indulgent territory – going into the beginning of her own career and how she became the person she was today, only briefly mentioning Aretha Franklin and using her songs in an audition.

She rounds up the speech by saying “none of this would have happened, could have happened, without our lady of soul”.

(In other words: “Thank god for Aretha or there would be no me!”)

Fans were fuming after the speech and branded it as disrespectful to talk about herself so much in a tribute to another person.

She later clarified that the speech was never intended to be a tribute after defending herself from all the criticism.

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