MTV VMAs: Madonna's 'self-indulgent' Aretha tribute & Camila Cabello wins

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". Madonna revealed that Aretha's "Natural Woman", first released in 1968, was the song Madonna performed at one of the first ever auditions she wasn't rejected from, because the two French record producers were so impressed by the a Capella cover.

"There is a connection!"

"The Aretha Franklin tribute is Madonna talking about herself at great length?", tweeted author Michael Arceneaux. "Fortunately, one of my favorite albums was Lady Soul by Aretha Franklin". She even offered auxiliary details about "getting robbed, held at gunpoint, and being mistaken for a prostitute in my third-floor walk-up that was a crack house", which probably didn't need to be included in a tribute about someone else. "Our R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Long live the queen".

Madonna presents a tribute to Aretha Franklin at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in NY.

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Another said: "I hope the vmas plan to issue a public apology for allowing Madonna to disrespect Aretha Franklin's legacy like that".

Though the singer's message was clear, many were critical of her delivery and the lack of actual Franklin-context in her speech. I worked on two shows here in this building with Aretha, very closely with her and her camp. And then did the huge backdrop of her.

Cardi B, who in little more than a year has become one of the most prominent women in the male-dominated world of hip-hop, also took best new artist. You and @MTV should be ashamed. In 2016, people weren't too happy with her tribute to the late and legendary Prince at the Billboard Awards.

"So instead of an actual tribute to Aretha you let Madonna talk about herself for 30 minutes?!"

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- April (@ReignOfApril) August 21, 2018Madonna has been entitled + gentrifying [black] things for a LONG time.

This got her mixed reactions. "And MTV shoulda known better".

"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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