Madonna’s Aretha Franklin "Tribute" Leaves Fans Puzzled & Enraged — MTV VMAs

Cristina Cross
August 21, 2018

Franklin, 76 at the time of her death, passed away last Thursday following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Tony Award victor and star of the upcoming Steve McQueen film Widows Cynthia Erivo took to Twitter saying: "Madonna makes the life and works of Aretha Franklin (Queen of soul), about herself and her rise to fame". I left for Paris, but I came back a few months later, because I had not earned the life I was living.

"My dream was to make it as a professional dancer, after years of struggling and being broke, I chose to go to auditions for musical theatre".

"I showed up to the audition, and two very large French record producers sat in the empty theater, daring me to be awesome. I heard the pay was better".

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While it went in some odd directions, she did manage to reign it in from time to time, but did tell a story about singing one of Aretha's songs for two French blokes at an audition, which, again, was less about the song, and more about Madonna.

"None of this would've happened, could've happened without our lady of soul". I had no training or dreams of ever becoming a singer, but I went for it.

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MTV asked Madonna to honour Franklin, who died on 16 August, during her introduction for the video of the year victor announcement. But we suppose her earlier performance of "God is a woman" at the VMAs will have to do.

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You can check out one of the better parts of the tribute in the tweet below.

"No to this Aretha tribute".

One Twitter user spoke for many when he wrote: "This ain't about Aretha at all". This is a jovial kiki about Madonna's broken ass journey. You honor a legend by telling their story or SHUT UP. Many, including myself, feared that Madonna was going to sing a song by the Queen, but fortunately, she spared us. But... no. How dare you, @MTV. How. "@MTV our lovely black queen deserves better", wrote one user.

She delivered a five-minute speech ending with her giving thanks to Franklin for "empowering all of us".

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"A couple of months ago, a lot of people were saying, "You are gambling your career, you are having a baby". but I had the baby and now I still win an award", she told the crowd.

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