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