Viewers Slam Madonna's Weird VMAs Tribute To Aretha Franklin

Viewers were left cold after Madge's tribute to the Queen of Soul seemed more like... a tribute to Madge.

Just days after her 60th Birthday, Madonna stopped by the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, where she was handing out the award for Video of the Year, as well as delivering a tribute to the recently deceased Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

Unfortunately, it left viewers less than enthralled.

"Aretha Louise Franklin changed the course of my life," Madonna began, "I left Detroit when I was 18, $35 in my pocket. My dream was to make it as a professional dancer..."

Madonna continued, detailing her past of getting robbed and being "mistaken for a prostitute", yet to mention Franklin again as she explained that she used to "live in a crack house". Seriously.

Finally, she told the story of an audition where she didn't bring sheet music or a pre-prepared song.

"Fortunately one of my favourite albums was Lady Soul by Aretha Franklin..."

Madonna continued to regale the audience of the story of her nabbing the audition by singing "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" a capella.

Even the audience looked a little confused as Madonna continued to tell her rambling story about the beginning of her career and her desire to learn how to play guitar.

"You're probably all wondering why I'm telling you this story," the 60-year-old said, "there is a connection. Because none of this would have happened -- could have happened -- without our Lady of Soul.

"She led me to where I am today and I know she influenced so many people in this room tonight. I want to thank you Aretha for empowering all of us. R. E. S. P. E. C. T."

Soon after she told another anecdote... about falling over at a prior VMAs. Needless to say viewers were less than impressed by the "tribute".

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