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Many Are Disappointed By Madonna’s Tribute To Aretha Franklin

Pop queen Madonna gave a speech as a tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, aka ‘Queen of Soul’ during the MTV Video Music Awards(VMAs) but it didn’t seem to go well.

Speech was about her initial days

Didn’t look like the VMAs team went through Madonna’s speech, leaving it all on herself. The speech began with Madonna describing her struggles as an artist, leaving Detroit with just “35 dollars” in her pocket when she was 18. She found her breakthrough opportunity when a French artist was looking for backup singers and dancers.

What only connected her speech to the tribute was Franklin’s impact

Madonna continued to share on her audition story when she had to perform in front of two French producers, to whom she performed Aretha Franklin’s “You Make Me Feel”. Weeks later, she got a call that she’s selected. At the end of her speech, Madonna questioned: “You are probably all wondering why I am telling you this story.” To which, she said “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, in this room tonight. And I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Long live the queen.”

Big night for Camilla Cabello, Jennifer Lopez and Childish Gambino

Former Fifth Harmony member Camilla Cabello had a memorable night at the VMAs as she bagged two awards, for the categories: ‘Video of the Year’ for ‘Havana’ and ‘Artist of the Year’, whilst Childish Gambino took home the most awards(three), winning ‘Best Choreography’, ‘Best Direction’ and ‘Video With a Message.’ Lastly, Jennifer Lopez won the ‘Best Collaboration’ award for her song ‘Dinero’ with DJ Khaled and Cardi B and the most prestigious award of the night, the ‘Michael Jackson Video Vanguard’. Check out her performance.

List of winners from VMAs 2018

Video of the Year:

Camila Cabello – “Havana” [ft. Young Thug]

Best Collaboration:

Jennifer Lopez – “Dinero” [ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B]

Best New Artist:

Cardi B

Artist of the Year:

Camila Cabello

Best Latin Video:

J Balvin – “Mi Gente” [ft. Willy William]

Song of the Year:

Post Malone – “rockstar” [ft. 21 Savage]

Best Pop Video:

Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”

Best Hip Hop Video:

Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li”

Push Artist of the Year:

Hayley Kiyoko

Song of Summer:

Cardi B / Bad Bunny / J Balvin: “I Like It”

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award:

Jennifer Lopez

Best Dance Video:

Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together”

Best Rock Video:

Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”

Video With a Message:

Childish Gambino – “This Is America”

Best Cinematography:

The Carters – “APES**T”

Best Direction:

Childish Gambino – “This Is America”

Best Art Direction:

The Carters – “APES**T”

Best Visual Effects:

Kendrick Lamar & SZA – “All The Stars”

Best Choreography:

Childish Gambino – “This Is America”

Best Editing:

N.E.R.D – “Lemon” [ft. Rihanna]