After telling the meandering story, Madonna pleaded: "There is a connection!" I left Detroit when I was 18, $35 in my pocket.
The backlash to Madonna's lack of self-awareness was swift, with hundreds of people taking to Twitter to dissect the tribute and many describing it as "disrespectful". "I needed to go home and learn to play guitar, and that's exactly what I did. We will put you in a studio with the great Giorgio Moroder.' I had no idea who that was; I wanted to live in Paris and I wanted to eat some food".
Following her performance, Lopez, 49, accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, and became emotional as she talked about her two children, Max and Emme, and partner Alex Rodriguez. "I don't know what I said, I don't know what came over me".
Some Franklin fans took to Madonna's own Twitter page to protest the tribute. Because none of this would have happened, could have happened, without our Lady of Soul. I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us: R-e-s-p-e-c-t.
The tribute didn't sit well with Franklin's fans, many of whom took to social media to call her out. Madonna stepped out on the stage at the VMAs adorned in a graduation robe and what looks like everything from her jewelry box paid homage to the Queen of Soul...but it wasn't the tribute many people had in mind.
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"Does Madonna know Madonna didn't die", sportscaster Katie Nolan wrote.
Someone else used a Franklin GIF to point out the tribute's flaws.
"The pop star - donning shoulder-length braids, a thorn-like headpiece and a long flowing black poncho - went on to tell a story about a time when she performed an impromptu version of Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" at an audition, but that was one of the only mentions of Franklin.
"Where's Kanye when you need him?" wrote one user, making reference to the 2009 VMAs when Kanye West stormed the stage during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech and grabbed the microphone from Swift to announce Beyoncé deserved the award.
Madonna ruined the Aretha Tribute on the #VMAs in 2018. "She epitomized white feminism @ the Women's March...and let's not forget her centering herself in The Carter's historic moment".