Madonna makes Aretha Franklin's death about herself

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Before she presented the Video of the Year award, the Material Girl- who turned 60 the same day Franklin died of pancreatic cancer on August 16- took a moment to acknowledge the Queen of Soul's recent passing.

Franklin has influenced generations of singers with iconic hits including "Natural Woman" and "I Say a Little Prayer".

But her so-called tribute left many people annoyed, with some saying it was as much an appreciation of herself as it was Franklin. Long story long, Madge said that if it wasn't for Aretha Franklin, she wouldn't be a superstar. "R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Long live the queen". The singer recalled in great detail her rough upbringing in Detroit, where she said she was often mistaken for a "prostitute" while walking up her third-story apartment building that she described as a "crack house". Rather, many believe she should have focused way less on herself and more on Aretha's life and achievements.

The Material Girl, who made her VMA debut in 1984 in a memorable and body-writhing performance of "Like of a Virgin" was all set to the present the award for Video of the Year but as she stepped on the stage, an image of Franklin flashed on the screen behind her. Most of the tribute to Franklin, however, was spent explaining the early origins of Madonna's career. So he said, 'I just wanted to call and tell you that I don't want you in my movie and Jack Nicholson and I think you're too old and you're not sexy.' Good morning, 40!

View some reactions from Twitter users below, and watch Madonna's tribute above.

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Madonna's rambling tribute was both heartfelt and a cautionary tale about what happens when you reach a certain stratosphere where the obscene wealth and fame insulates you from people who might challenge your shitty ideas and ultimately protect you from your own delusions. "I panicked. I had overlooked this important part of the audition process", she continued.

"I love you ty for awesome us with your handsome and powerful speech you're wonderful", another fan added.

"She led me where I am today".

Cardi B, who in little more than a year has become one of the most prominent women in the male-dominated world of hip-hop, also took best new artist.

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