Everyone's giving out about Madonna's 'disrespectful' Aretha Franklin tribute 3 years ago

Everyone's giving out about Madonna's 'disrespectful' Aretha Franklin tribute

Everyone's giving out about Madonna's "disrespectful" Aretha Franklin tribute.

The singer was presenting the award for best video at last night's VMAs when she decided to say a few words about the Queen of Soul who passed away last week.

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However, viewers were confused by Madonna's tribute to Franklin, saying that it was mainly about herself and not about the iconic singer songwriter.

During her speech, Madonna said that Franklin's music had "changed the course of my life" and that when she was younger, she was asked to sing a version of 'You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman)'.

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin has died aged 76

Madonna didn't have sheet music though so she decided to sing the song acapella because she knew it "off by heart" anyway - and even though she was "some skinny-ass white girl", she was still able to sing the song no bother.

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Great.

Viewers weren't all that impressed with Madonna's tribute to Franklin, but it wasn't just what happened on the stage last night that got people talking about the pop star's attitude towards soul musicians and black culture.

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Franklin passed away last week after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

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She was 76-years-old.

The big winners of last night's VMAs were Cardi B, Camila Cabello, and Post Malone.