UPDATE (Aug. 21, 2018, 2:40 p.m.): Madonna has responded to backlash from her speech about Aretha Franklin at the VMAs, which some viewers felt Madonna made all about herself. She posted an Instagram picture with Camila Cabello, whom Madonna introduced for winning video of the year, and explained that her anecdotes about Franklin were not a tribute: "I was asked to present video of the year by MTV! And then they asked me to share any anecdotes I had in my career connected to Aretha Franklin! I shared a part of my journey and thanked Aretha for inspiring me along the way. I did not intend to do a tribute to her! That would be impossible in 2 minutes with all the noise and tinsel of an award show."
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When Aretha Franklin died at the age of 76 on August 16, social media lit up with heartfelt tributes to the Queen of Soul. But when it was Madonna's turn to pay homage to the iconic singer at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, well ... something seemed slightly off.
The newly minted soccer mom took to the stage to speak about Franklin's legacy. But in the end, Madonna talked more about her own experience of making it big. In short, the speech went into detail about the Material Girl's rise to fame, and Madonna only mentioned the Queen of Soul when she noted that she sang Franklin's song at her first musical theater audition.
Viewers including Kandi Burruss were quick to, er, gently review the speech. In an Instagram Story, Kandi wryly asked: "Did Madonna just tell that long-ass f---ing story to say thank you to Aretha Franklin? She made that whole thing about her, when it should have just been about Aretha Franklin." She then let out a long, weary sigh.
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Kandi wasn't alone in her thoughts about the tribute. Check out more responses to the cringe-worthy moment: