Madonna’s VMAs Tribute To Aretha Franklin Was Almost Entirely About Madonna

Folks all over the world watching the MTV Video Music Awards have been left baffled by Madonna‘s tribute to Aretha Franklin, which only seemed to highlight the 60-year-old singer’s questionable understanding of what a tribute actually is.

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Taking the stage to share what many assumed would be a heartfelt speech honouring the late Franklin, it really just turned out to be a rambling anecdotal mess about Madonna and her early career. 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.

While it went in some strange 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.

“Some skinny-ass white girl is going to come up here and belt out a song from one of the greatest soul singers who ever lived?” she asked the crowd rhetorically, going on to say she absolutely did it because “bitch, I’m Madonna”.

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

A ton of people flocked to Twitter to express their straight-up bewilderment and anger towards the tribute.

Welp, they probably won’t be asking Madonna back for any tributes anytime soon. Unless it’s a tribute about herself, of course.