Madonna says she never intended to pay “tribute” to Aretha Franklin at the 2018 VMAs

“I could never do her justice in this context or environment.”

August 21, 2018
Madonna says she never intended to pay “tribute” to Aretha Franklin at the 2018 VMAs NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Madonna poses in the press room at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards Press Room at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City.   Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images

Madonna has responded to the backlash she's received following her speech about Aretha Franklin. Madonna, who delivered the speech in question before handing out the Artists of the Year award to Camilla Cabello, posted the message on Instagram.

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In the message, Madonna says MTV asked her to share an anecdote about her connection to Aretha Franklin but it was not intended to be a tribute.

Madonna says she never intended to pay “tribute” to Aretha Franklin at the 2018 VMAs