Madonna is facing backlash following her tribute to Aretha Franklin at the 2018 Video Music Award. Madonna was accused of 'making the entire speech about herself' In the 10-minute address, Madonna recalled her early days as an aspiring singer and dancer, including one audition where she performed Franklin's iconic (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman. Despite the heartfelt address, she angered fans after she was accused of focusing on herself rather than the 'Queen Of Soul'. Aretha Louise Franklin changed the course of my life," she said, speaking against the backdrop of a large black and white image of a young Franklin. "I left Detroit when I was 18. Thirty-five dollars in my pocket. My dream was to make it as a professional dancer. After years of struggling and being broke, I decided to go to audition for musical theater. I heard the pay was better. I had no training or dreams of ever becoming a singer, but I went for it. I got cut, and rejected from every audition.” Madonna said “Aretha” a mere four times during the seven-minute speech, but she uttered the words “I” and “me” more than 50 times. "So instead of an actual tribute to Aretha you let Madonna talk about herself for 30 minutes?! @MTV our beautiful black queen deserves better," wrote one user.
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