Published: Wed, August 22, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

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Cuban-born Camila Cabello beat out heavy hitters Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Drake to take home the two top prizes at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Monday. But apparently, it wasn't supposed to be a tribute at all.

Jennifer Lopez brought the audience to its feet with a song and dance medley of her biggest hits as she was presented with the annual Vanguard Award, named after Michael Jackson, recognizing her 20 years in show business.

She then attempted to justify why she was telling this story with a huge backdrop of Franklin behind her.

It was, in a word, baffling: An Aretha Franklin tribute in which the big takeaway was that Madonna once sang the same song she did. well, let's just say the optics weren't great.

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As the Material Girl delivered a lengthy speech mostly focused on herself - rather than on the Queen of Soul, who passed away Thursday from pancreatic cancer - social media users and award-show viewers expressed their distaste. "I said, 'You know, by Aretha Franklin'". "Unfortunately most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge". I said, 'Bitch, I'm Madonna.' No, I didn't, I didn't say that.

During the awards show, Madonna spoke against a backdrop of a large black and white image of a young Franklin and noted that the late singer "changed the course of my life". I was always a person who was like, 'Why not?' I kinda had to forge my own path and make my own rules. Other than that, Madonna did not discuss Franklin's career or legacy. "I've seen every single music video of yours, I've seen every single documentary of yours, and you've inspired me so, so much".

It was the night's most shocking moment, and MTV seemed to send a message: You're punished for not showing up and rewarded for attending. "Very disappointing", one user wrote. "If Queen Halle approves then", Nicki said on Twitter with the shrug emoji. I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us.

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