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Madonna Pays Tribute to Aretha Franklin at VMAs 2018 by Telling Her Audition Story

Madonna Pays Tribute to Aretha Franklin at VMAs 2018 by Telling Her Audition Story

Madonna appears on stage to pay tribute to the late Aretha Franklin at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards held at Radio City Music Hall on Monday (August 20) in New York City.

The legendary entertainer was at the event to present the award for Video of the Year and she also gave a speech about singing an Aretha song at an audition before becoming a star.

Madonna decided to sing “Natural Woman” at the audition and she didn’t get the role, but the producers wanted to fly her to Paris to make her a star. She ended up leaving Paris as she didn’t think she earned the opportunity yet.

“There is a connection!” Madonna said after telling the long story. “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 house tonight. I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us. R-E-S-P-E-C-T.”

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Posted to: 2018 MTV VMAs, Aretha Franklin, Madonna, MTV VMAs

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  • HG

    The Queen of Soul deserved a better tribute.

  • 🇺🇸 Kari ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    What? Ridiculous!!!!!

  • Nunya

    That was no tribute,she talked about herself the whole time she mentioned Aretha once.BET has the door open to get it right.

  • Robert

    You’d think after the public ridicule she got for the Prince tribute, she would have killed it when doing Aretha’s.

  • http://hisblossombunny.tumblr.com/ NerdyBirdy

    Haters can fuck off

  • mahbelle

    and she’ll probably get one at the Grammys.

  • mahbelle

    so can madonna

  • Alexandra

    I’m putting my money on BET tho

  • mahbelle

    Them too.

  • Joy

    “Madonna – didn’t get the role, but the producers wanted to fly her to Paris to make her a star. She ended up leaving Paris as she didn’t think she earned the opportunity yet.”

    That’s the biggest pile of bullshit that anyone has ever said or heard! Someone wanted to make her a star, but she thought “No, I need to reject the big chance and suffer and be broke and unknown awhile longer!”