Madonna managed to raise quite a lot of eyebrows at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards by making her tribute to Aretha Franklin all about herself.
The Queen of Pop has always been known for her charisma and self-confidence, but she might have taken it too far with her speech on Monday night, August 20, 2018.
According to many Twitter users, Madonna missed the point of the tribute by talking more about herself than about Franklin, who she was and her contribution to the music world.
Before giving the video of the of the year award to Camila Cabello, Madonna took the opportunity to deliver a speech about how Franklin help her launch her own career.
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60-year-old Madonna started by saying that she left Detroit at the age of 18 with only $35 in her pocket and the dream of becoming a professional dancer.
She decided to try her luck in musical theater and was rejected several times because she didn't have any training in the singing department or because she wasn't attractive enough.
Madonna went on to say that her luck changed when two French record producers gave her a chance to be a backup singer and dancer f4or an unidentified French disco star on his world tour.
"I thought, ‘Why not? The worst that can happen is I can go back to getting robbed, held at gunpoint and being mistaken for a prostitute in my third floor walkup that was also a crackhouse.’"
Madonna, 2018 MTV VMAs, August 20, 2018
A VERY SPECIAL SONG
Her song of choice at the audition was (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin and she sang it a cappella, which surprised the French producers.
Madonna ended her story by saying that, without Franklin, she wouldn't have had a career and thanked her for inspiring and empowering several people over the years.
MISSING THE POINT
But, although the Queen of Pop's intentions might have been good, the truth is that Twitter users weren't amused and many considered that she took advantage of Franklin's death to promote herself.
Franklin passed away at age of 76 on August 16, 2018, of pancreatic cancer, leaving a big hole in both the music world and entertainment industry. She was a true icon and the legacy that she left behind will never be forgotten.