Madonna speaks during a tribute to the late singer Aretha Franklin.
"Why, yes. Before she got to the point (she sang "(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman" acapella at an audition of yore), Madonna meandered through references to Paris, poverty, guitar lessons and finally her backside hanging out at a VMAs show after breaking a stiletto. Yet, somehow Madonna's tribute to Franklin at Monday night's MTV VMAs was so tone deaf we can nearly hear Franklin rolling her eyes from the great beyond.
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And the beginning of Madonna's tribute to the late Michael Jackson at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards seemed all too similar to the speech she gave in honor of Franklin on Monday. Aretha or Madonna? Definitely Aretha... Madonna even threw in her signature line and joked, "B***h, I'm Madonna". A capella? I said, 'Bitch, I'm Madonna.' No, I didn't.
"Unfortunately most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge", she continued. But critics say Madonna's speech was only about Franklin on the surface.
Marc Snetiker of Entertainment Weekly described the speech on Twitter as "Madonna presents an Aretha Franklin tribute by Madonna featuring Madonna with Madonna and Madonna as "Madonna".
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It had the potential to be a moving moment in music - the Queen of Pop paying tribute to the Queen of Soul.
Her death last week brought tributes ranging from former President Barack Obama and Elton John to Carole King, Barbara Streisand and Lionel Richie. Write to us in the Comments Section or on our Facebook page. "I'm surprised no other artists mentioned her tonight".
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