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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.



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.


Kate Spade’s passing shattered the hearts of millions of people around the world.

Many people were stunned to hear the designer died by suicide, because “she had it all,” but as many people pointed out- mental health affects everyone.


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At the time of her death, her husband Andrew shared that the 55-year-old had been battling many personal demons.

Over a month has passed since her death and Andrew has taken to Instagram to post about the tragic loss.

He shared a photo of a tree decorated in colourful lights outside their family friend’s home.

“She was born Christmas Eve, 1962. She loved the Midwest, the desert, and the city,” he wrote.

Andrew explained that their daughter Bea had spent some time with family friends shortly after her mum’s death.

“I was lucky enough to have dear friends let my daughter stay at their home through a difficult time,” he shared. Bea and her dad decorated the tree in honour of Kate: “This tree was standing alone beside the house so we ordered those multi colored, old fashioned lights from Amazon or Target and another dear personal friend gave me a really Iong extension cord.”

He continued: “Bea and I cut a star out of the cardboard box the lights came on and wrapped it in Reynolds wrap like we do every Christmas.”


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The post has been inundated with comments of love and support.

Andrew and Bea’s moving tribute to the woman they loved will bring a tear to your eye. Christmas is bound to be a harrowing time for both of them, but we’re sure they’ll find comfort in their memories of Kate.



Across London and around the world, the 72 people who lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire are being honoured.

The fire began in the wee hours of the morning on June 14, 2017. The tower, currently covered in white sheeting with a heart at the top of each side, was lit up in green at 12:54am this morning, marking the time that the blaze was reported last year.

The victims' names were read aloud at 1:30am at a vigil at a nearby church, the BBC reports.

According to Kensington and Chelsea Council, a number of the households who survived are still displaced.

68 households are in emergency accommodation, with 42 staying in hotels, 22 in serviced apartments, and the remaining four with family or friends.

Another 52 households are situated in temporary accommodation and 83 are in permanent homes.

One of the survivors, Natasha Elcock, appeared on BBC Radio 4's Today programme and commended her community for their response to the tragedy:

"We could have been the most angry community out there because of what happened, but we've chosen to be dignified, be calm. Ultimately, that's earned us respect."

Natasha, who is a member of survivor group Grenfell United, continued:

"We really want to ensure that we change so much that Grenfell is not remembered because it killed 72 people but because it has a legacy of change – that behaviours change within social housing, the way people are treated, how they are listened to."

A minute of silence will be observed at midday in the UK to pay tribute to the victims of the fire.

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton noted, "One year ago today London changed forever. The tragic and unprecedented fire at Grenfell Tower will never be forgotten.

“At midday today, London Fire Brigade will fall silent in memory of all those who died or lost loved ones, their homes and possessions.

“As well as honouring the memory of the lives lost, we pay tribute to the resilience and spirit of the local community."

She added, "I know I speak on behalf of everyone at London Fire Brigade when I say that you are never far from our minds."

"We want the nation to keep Grenfell in their consciousness," Justice 4 Grenfell campaign group member Yvette Williams told the BBC.

"The anniversary is about love and support – the fight can start again on Friday and Saturday – and keeping that humanity going on that day."


All of the country's radio stations will pay tribute to the late Dolores O'Riordan as she is laid to rest in Limerick today.

In honour of the life and career of one of Ireland's most iconic musicians, all independent channels will play The Cranberries' hit When You're Gone at midday.

Broadcaster Nikki Hayes revealed the news in a tweet last night, admitting she'd only seen this kind of tribute happen “a handful of times.”

Dolores was found dead in a London hotel room last Monday. The cause of death is not yet known, though her passing was described as “sudden”.

Large crowds attended a public wake held at St. Joseph's Church, O'Connell Avenue on Sunday afternoon and President Higgins led tributes at the singer's removal service on Monday night.

Hundreds of mourners, including stars from the music industry, are expected at the singer’s funeral mass in St Ailbe’s Church, Ballybricken, today.

She is survived by her three children, Taylor Baxter Burton, Molly Leigh Burton and Dakota Rain Burton.


One of the reasons Ellen De Generes is one of America's most popular chatshow hosts is because she takes a no-holds-barred approach to her presenting style.

Viewers have both laughed and cried with the host who seeks to share as much of her life as possible with the people who watch her show, and this week was no different.

Having seen her community of Montecito devastated by a mudslide, Ellen had told viewers she was struggling with the aftermath, before later revealing she had been dealt a second blow this week.

With great poise, Ellen told viewers that her father, Elliott DeGeneres, had passed away in recent days.

Paying tribute to the man she believes gave her her sense of humour, Ellen gave the studio audience and viewers at home an insight into the life she shared with him before recalling the only family vacation she took as a child.

We'll let Ellen take it from here.



It has been six years since the world lost a musical icon in the form of Amy Winehouse. 

The unique, poignant, and infinitely talented woman had her life cut short, and has been missed by the music community, and the public at large, ever since. 

Russell Brand has penned a touching tribute to the late star on his website, and his words are both moving and refreshingly real.


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'I’ve known Amy Winehouse for years,' he begins his anecdotal tribute

When I first met her around Camden she was just some twit in a pink satin jacket shuffling round bars with mutual friends, most of whom were in cool indie bands or peripheral Camden figures Withnail-ing their way through life on impotent charisma.'

He begins his tribute by making reference to his own past of drug taking.

'I was myself at that time barely out of rehab and was thirstily seeking less complicated women so I barely reflected on the now glaringly obvious fact that Winehouse and I shared an affliction, the disease of addiction.'

'All addicts, regardless of the substance or their social status share a consistent and obvious symptom; they’re not quite present when you talk to them.'

'They communicate to you through a barely discernible but unignorable veil,' he wrote


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He spoke of his awe of Amy and her great and undeniable talent.

'The awe that envelops when witnessing a genius. From her oddly dainty presence that voice, a voice that seemed not to come from her but from somewhere beyond even Billie and Ella, from the font of all greatness.'

'A voice that was filled with such power and pain that it was at once entirely human yet laced with the divine.'


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'My ears, my mouth, my heart and mind all instantly opened.'

'We have lost a beautiful and talented woman to this disease.'

Brand finished his tribute by addressing the way in which society, health services and the government deals with addiction.

'We need to review the way society treats addicts, not as criminals but as sick people in need of care,' he said, ending his call to action


It's been four years since Glee star, Corey Monteith, died of an accidental drug and alcohol overdose in a hotel room in Vancouver.

The Canadian actor, who was best known for playing Finn Hudson in the smash hit TV show,  had been due to check out after a seven-night stay in the Fairmont Pacific Rim, and when he failed to do so hotel staff entered his room and discovered his body.

At the time of his death, the 31-year-old was in a relationship with co-star, Lea Michele, who last night paid tribute to her former partner on his four-year anniversary.

Honouring the late star, Lea shared a photo of the pair during happier times in an upload which has amassed almost 800,000 likes in just 14 hours.

Lea, who began dating Corey in November 2011, has made no secret of the devastating impact his untimely passing had on her.

"We may not have gotten to share a lifetime together.. But the memories.. they’re the best of my life," she said on his third anniversary last year.


4 years and it still feels like yesterday.. love you more C

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In the touching upload which has been inundated with messages of support from fans and followers since last night, Lea writes: "4 years and it still feels like yesterday.. love you more C."

"This makes me cry! Stay strong, we love and miss you Cory! Sending my love to you!" wrote one fan.

"I am sobbing." added another.

Lea has written a number of songs in honour of her late boyfriend.


Following the execrable Manchester attack which claimed the lives of 22 adults and children, Ariana Grande released a statement last week promising to return to the city for a benefit concert to raise funds for the victims and their families.

And according to the latest reports, Ariana has asked other artists to take part in the tribute.

Hollywood Life claims that the singer has invited Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez, Chris Brown and Jennifer Hudson, among others, to join her on stage.


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"I want to thank my fellow musicians and friends for reaching out to be a part of our expression of love for Manchester," her statement read.

The 23-year-old has suspended her worldwide tour until June 5, with the benefit concert due to take place on June 4.

She also plans to hold a minute's silence to pay tribute to the victims, as well as deliver a speech during her performance.

"We will continue in honour of the ones we lost, their loved ones, my fans and all affected by this tragedy. I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life," her statement concluded.


Yesterday, the Irish rugby world was brought to a standstill as Munster paid its respects to the late Anthony Foley in Thomond Park.

Following a week of mourning which began last Sunday when news broke that the coach had died aged 42 from respiratory failure, the Munster team bet Glasgow Warriors 38-17 before joining his young sons on the pitch to perform a powerful rendition of Stand Up and Fight.

Continuing the trend of paying tribute though music, DCU’s Music Society has now released a stunning version of The Fields of Athenry in memory of Axel.

Appearing on the group’s Facebook page yesterday, the video has been viewed over 6,000 times, with commentators praising the goose bump inducing performance.

Check it out below:


Rihanna and Drake have been teasing us for years now.

On the surface they can look like BFFs but underneath it all, ARE they in a relationship?

Given that they've been out every single night together since the VMAs, it certainly looks like the latter.

And to top it all off, Rihanna just posted the most heartfelt tribute to her VMA win and took to Instagram to thank all the people behind her (cough, Drake).


#VMA2016 night was one that I would never forget!! I have the most incredible people in my life! My family, friends, loved ones, my fans, my team!!! All gifted beautiful spirits! And I'm so grateful that God has precisely and flawlessly arranged our paths to meet at each other! It's because of you that I was able to reach this moment in my career! And it's also because of you that I was able to pull off a night like this one, with 4 medley performances, 4 set productions, 4 outfits, 4 hair and makeup looks, and all in 4 days of rehearsal! It was a challenge but I wanted nothing more than to give my fans a true representation of all the colors that I'm made of as an artist! My journey has been filled with growth and people who continue to inspire me! Forever grateful to everyone involved creatively, from choreography all the way to wardrobe and production! @MTV team you were a dream to work with! Thank you to the beautiful @iamnaomicampbell @therealmaryjblige @traceeellisross for your kind words! @champagnepapi your speech was so touching and I love you for that! All in all….Best night ever!!! I'm a lucky girl!!! To God be the Glory! #RiRiVanguard

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In a lengthy message on Instagram her rumoured beau was obviously given a mention.

“#VMA2016 night was one that I would never forget! I have the most incredible people in my life. My family, friends, loved ones, my fans, my team! All gifted beautiful spirits! And I’m so grateful that God has precisely and flawlessly arranged our paths to meet at each other!

“It’s because of you that I was able to reach this moment in my career. And it’s also because of you that I was able to pull off a night like this one, with 4 medley performances, 4 set productions, 4 outfits, 4 hair and makeup looks, and all in 4 days of rehearsal!


#DANCE #RiRiVanguard

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"It was a challenge but I wanted nothing more than to give my fans a true representation of all the colours that I’m made of as an artist! My journey has been filled with growth and people who continue to inspire me!” she said.

“Forever grateful to everyone involved creatively, from choreography all the way to wardrobe and production! @MTV team you were a dream to work with! Thank you to the beautiful @iamnaomicampbell @therealmaryjblige @traceeellisross for your kind words!”

And then, she drops the Drake bomb:“@champagnepapi your speech was so touching and I love you for that!”

A few days ago, Drake also paid a tribute to Rihanna on Instagram. He wrote: “This is a night for us all to be thankful for what you have done for us! You have affected so many of our lives in the best way possible. Tonight we celebrate you! @badgalriri."

Aw! These guys…



Lea Michele has made a touching tribute to Cory Monteith on the anniversary of his death.

The actress took to Instagram and Twitter to share a picture and express how she missed her former flame.

On Twitter the brunette beauty wrote: "I know everyday you're watching over me, and smiling. Love and miss you Cory, everyday, but today a little bit more."

On Instagram she wrote: "We may bot have gotten to share a lifetime together.. But the memories.. they're the best of my life.. Love you Cory."


We may not have gotten to share a lifetime together.. But the memories.. they're the best of my life.. Love you Cory

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Earlier this year, Lea also honoured Cory by getting a tattoo of the number 5, a reference to Cory's jersey number in Glee.