Madonna attempted to clarify her peculiar tribute to Aretha Franklin at the MTV Video Music Awards Monday. The pop star’s remarks were widely criticized on social media for focusing too much on herself, rather than the late Franklin.
On Instagram, Madonna wrote, “I was asked to present video of the year by MTV! And then they asked me to share any anecdotes I had in my career connected to Aretha Franklin! I shared a part of my journey and thanked Aretha for inspiring me along the way. I did not intend to do a tribute to her! That would be impossible in 2 minutes with all the noise and tinsel of an award show. I could never do her justice in this context or environment. Unfortunately most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge. I love Aretha!”.