Madonna Responds to Criticism of Her Bizarre Aretha Franklin VMAs Tribute

Yesterday, Madonna caught major flak over her bizarre tribute to the late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.

The pop veteran was invited to pay homage to Franklin, who died just last week. And rather than talk about the Queen of Soul, Madonna stood on the podium which was backgrounded by an image of Franklin, and spent all the time talking about herself, her own album and lyrics.

This got many people upset and they took to social media to drag her for filth.

Now, Madonna is firing back.

The singer took to Instagram to share a photo of herself with the winner of Video of the Year, Camila Cabello, writing, “Im with the Winner!! The beautiful @camila_cabello ! So proud of her! And just to clarify: 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.”

She continued, “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. I could never do her justice in this context or environment.”

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Im with the Winner!! The beautiful @camila_cabello ! So proud of her! 🌈💕🎉. And just to clarify: 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. I could never do her justice in this context or environment. Unfortunately most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge. I love Aretha! R.E.S.P.E.C.T. 🙏🏼. I Love Camilla! Congrats! I LOVE my dress! AND. I love-L O V E!! ♥️ and there is nothing anyone can say or do that will change that. #vmas #postivevibes

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