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Twitter is freaking out over Madonna’s recent tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, calling her speech ‘a very moving tribute to herself’.

And it seems most people are in agreement with that perspective.

At MTV’s Video Music Awards on Monday, Madonna entered the stage dressed in a floor-length, black dress, appropriate for her mourning of the legendary ‘Queen of Soul’.

“Aretha Louise Franklin changed the course of my life.” The pop singer began her speech to honour Aretha.

Madonna told her story of how singing Aretha’s "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" at an audition changed her life, causing her discovery, and setting her on a course to fame.

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The Pop Queen continued her rags to riches tale, saying that “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,” she said. “I want to thank you Aretha for empowering all of us.”

However, contrary to her intended effect, the American singer’s anecdote immediately encountered opposition online from viewers everywhere.

Comedian Roy Wood Jr joked on Twitter: “'If it wasn't for Aretha, we wouldn't have Madonna'- Madonna.”

Author Michael Arceneaux tweeted: “‘You’re probably all wondering why I am telling this story.’ Yes, Madonna”.

The singer also came under attack for her outfit choice: chunky, silver jewellery with pops of red, and a matching headband adorned with spikes.

Commenters said that her ‘African jewellery’ was an attempt to claim black culture.

One user ranted that “this was not an #Aretha tribute but a monologue on how another iconic Black woman is being reduced to how she helped a white woman.”

Others  have come to Madonna’s defence, calling her speech ‘moving’ and on point by  ‘thanking [Aretha] for empowering all female artists.’

While Madonna has yet to respond to her recent tribute haters, we expect she will feel forced to clarify her intentions soon.

Meanwhile, other influencers have spoken out in tribute to the legendary soul singer, including Adele, Ariana Grande, and Paul McCartney.

Former American president, Barack Obama said that ‘Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect.”

It is clear that Aretha has made an impact on musical history, not just in the genre of soul but for women everywhere, demonstrating how a legendary voice and raw, feminine power can change the world.


The music industry has lost another legend. In recent years we’ve waved goodbye to the greats like David Bowie, Prince, and George Michael. Today we bid farewell to the ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin.

The I Say A Little Prayer singer passed away at her home in Detroit, surrounded by her loving family.

This afternoon, the Respect singer’s representative confirmed the heartbreaking news that she had passed away from pancreatic cancer.

Her family issued a statement: “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family.”

They continued: “We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers.”

“We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

Earlier this week, her family revealed that the iconic singer was “gravely ill.” They asked the public to keep her in their prayers during her final days.

Aretha Franklin gave her final performance in August 2017 at Philadelphia’s Mann Center.



Before Beyoncé began slaying it on the stage, there was the iconic voice and moves of Aretha Franklin.

The whole world has been holding their breath since the legendary singer fell “gravely ill.”

The 76-year-old was recently put in hospice care at her home, surrounded by family and loved ones.

Beyoncé, as one of the singer’s biggest fans, has been especially affected by the news.

While on tour with her husband Jay-Z, they performed in the Queen of Soul’s hometown of Detroit, Michigan.

Surrounded by so much love for the iconic singer, Beyoncé had to take a moment to recognise the tragic situation.

She dedicated her performance on Monday to Aretha Franklin, and the crowd responded with a roar of applause in tribute.

“We love you,” the young artist spoke for Aretha fans everywhere.

Beyoncé also thanked the soulful singer for her “beautiful music”, reported Detroit Free Press.

There were over 40,000 people present at the concert in Ford Field, and they all cheered along as DJ Khaled played “Respect” at the beginning of the performance.

The Press also pointed out that Ford Field is just down the street from Aretha Franklin Way, which was dedicated to the legendary singer just last summer.

The heartwarming tribute acted as a “passing of the torch” from one generation of singers to the next.

However, no one will ever compare to the “Natural Woman” that has carved the way for African-American, female singers everywhere.

Other celebrities continue to pour out their love and prayers for the ailing artist.

Mariah Carey recently tweeted: “Praying for the Queen of Soul” with a classic photo of the singer.

Missy Elliot also urged fans: “We MUST CELEBRATE the Living Legends while they are here to see it.”

We continue to wait for news of Aretha’s condition, but we are happy that she has her family beside her and overwhelming support from her fans during this difficult time.


The 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin is said to be fighting for her life in hospital in Detroit. According to reports, the Respect singer is “gravely ill.”

Reporter for Showbiz411.com Roger Friedman broke the devastating news. He said her family are asking for the public’s prayers during this harrowing time.

Her family have gathered around her bedside in the Detroit hospital: “She will be missed as a mother, sister, friend and cousin," he wrote.

“Her legacy is larger than life. It’s not just that Rolling Stone called her the number 1 singer of all time, or that she is the Queen of Soul. Long live the Queen,” he added.

It is believed the Say A Little Prayer singer had been battling exhaustion and dehydration earlier this year, which resulted in the cancellation of numerous concerts.

She last performed in August 2017 at Philadelphia’s Mann Center.

It is believed the Natural Woman singer was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. Her rapid weight loss is said to be the cause of a relapse in 2017.

Our thoughts are with her family, friends and fans during this devastating time.



We have to give kudos to Aretha Franklin for being a superstar for so many years.

But, as always, all good things must come to an end, and in this case it's the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin's music.

However, the singer won't bow down without one last hurrah, and has revealed that she will be creating a final album with Stevie Wonder.

According to The Mirror, Aretha made her announcement in Detroit, USA, today and said: "I must tell you, I am retiring this year.

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“This will be my last year. I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.”

“I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now.

“I'll be pretty much satisfied, but I'm not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing.

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“That wouldn't be good either."

Aretha finished off by saying that she ultimately wants to spend more time with her grandchildren and will be staying close to home to record her new album.

We wish her all the best.



Wow – we bet Adele is a massive Aretha Franklin fan (who isn't?!) so this is bound to delight her!

Aretha, the ultimate singing diva, covered Adele's Rolling in the Deep at we can't stop listening to it.

It's quite different to Adele's, as their singing styles are but it's great to hear this take on it too – impressive!

And seeing as we are talking Ms Franklin – here's one of our other favourite songs!

She certainly hasn't lost it, that's for sure!