Remember how Madonna caught heat back in 2016 for making her tribute to Prince all about herself at the Billboard Music Awards? Well, it seems she didn’t learn her lesson, as the Material Girl once again flipped a tribute to talk about herself!
This time Madonna was due to pay tribute to Aretha Franklin at the MTV Video Music Awards, but ended up just talking about herself!
Stood in front of a massive picture of the late Queen of Soul, Madonna spoke of how she was “cut and rejected” after every audition as she tried to make her career take off. She noted how industry insiders told her she was “not tall enough, not 12-octave range enough, not pretty enough and not enough enough.”
Madonna went on to say that she “had no training or dreams” but simply “went for it.”
Eventually, Madonna managed to steer her speech back around to Aretha, saying that she auditioned by singing ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’ – despite being a “skinny-ass white girl” – adding that Aretha was the reason she made it in music:
Suffice to say, social media wasn’t kind to Madonna, who seemed to forget that she wasn’t supposed to be promoting herself!
Madonna ruined the Prince Tribute on the Billboard Awards in 2016.
Madonna ruined the Aretha Tribute on the #VMAs in 2018.
I really never want to see her again. Ever. pic.twitter.com/rp6QCql3aR
— April (@ReignOfApril) August 21, 2018
Madonna talking about guitar lessons, Paris baguettes and her ass hanging out while she looked for a stiletto with the image of Aretha Franklin behind her is everything I expected from the #VMAs
— Kingsley (@kingsleyyy) August 21, 2018
— Alicia Garza (@aliciagarza) August 21, 2018
You do not disrespect an ICON like that. This is a jovial kiki about Madonna’s broken ass journey. You honor a legend by telling their story or SHUT UP. The AUDACITY.
— Nina Parker (@MzGossipGirl) August 21, 2018
"If it wasn't for Aretha, we wouldn't have Madonna"- Madonna
— Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) August 21, 2018