Say What Now? Madonna Gave a Tribute to Aretha Franklin at the MTV VMAs and Made It Mostly About Herself [Video]

MTV thought that out of ALL the celebrities around to pay tribute to Aretha Franklin at the Video Music Awards on Monday that Madonna would be the best choice.

After a brief video snippet of Aretha singing “I Say a Little Prayer,” Madonna spoke before presenting the Video of the Year award — and spent the majority of the time talking about herself.

Ultimately, she ended a long-winded tale about her career and becoming a star with the following:

“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. I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us. R-E-S-P-E-C-T.”

Madonna is legendary, but this isn’t the tribute many were hoping for.

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