The singer issued a statement on social media Monday morning, clarifying the bizarre speech she gave about the Queen of Soul before presenting the Video of the Year award.
Madge says her words weren’t intended to be a tribute but, rather, MTV had asked her to “share any anecdotes I had in my career connected to Aretha Franklin! I shared a part of my journey and thanked Aretha for inspiring me along the way.”
She says a two-minute tribute would’ve been “impossible,” adding that people are too quick to judge and have short attention spans.
In case you weren’t paying attention, Madonna got heat Sunday night after declaring “Aretha Franklin changed my life” and diving into a roundabout, Madonna-focused monologue on how singing Franklin’s “You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Women)” landed her the gig that launched her singing career.
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Im with the Winner!! The beautiful @camila_cabello ! So proud of her! 🌈💕🎉. And just to clarify: I was asked to present video of the year by MTV! And then they asked me to share any anecdotes I had in my career connected to Aretha Franklin! I shared a part of my journey and thanked Aretha for inspiring me along the way. I did not intend to do a tribute to her! That would be impossible in 2 minutes with all the noise and tinsel of an award show. I could never do her justice in this context or environment. Unfortunately most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge. I love Aretha! R.E.S.P.E.C.T. 🙏🏼. I Love Camilla! Congrats! I LOVE my dress! AND. I love-L O V E!! ♥️ and there is nothing anyone can say or do that will change that. #vmas #postivevibes