Aretha Franklin Had No Will

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One of the most talked-about moments of the MTV Video Music Awards, which happened in New York City on Monday night, was Madonna's slightly off "tribute" to Aretha Franklin, who died on Thursday.

Madonna Tuesday weighed in on the controversial speech she made about Aretha Franklin at the MTV Video Music Awards, explaining that critics misinterpreted what she was trying to do.

Madonna's speech about the Queen of Soul has been widely criticized because it focused on herself with just a bare mention of Franklin.

After joking she retorted "B****, I'm Madonna" - she recalled how she left Paris and came back a few month later realising she had not "earned the luxury life I was living".

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"An iconic entertainer, powerful civil rights leader and a lovely spirit who I am privileged to call friend", Lawrence said in a statement.

The VMAs opened their tribute by rolling the video for Say A Little Prayer, before cutting to Madonna as she detailed a lengthy anecdote about how Aretha altered the course of an audition she entered when she was 18-years-old. "R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Long live the queen", she added.

"I want to thank you Aretha, for empowering all of us".

She also wrote that she could never do Franklin justice with a tribute amid the noise and tinsel of an awards show. Madonna even threw in her signature line and joked, "B***h, I'm Madonna". "Unfortunately, most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge", she wrote.

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Per Michigan law, Franklin's 4 kids will share her estate equally.

"Just to clarify: I was asked to present video of the year by MTV!" According to the "Like A Prayer" singer, her speech was never meant to be a tribute at all.

"I love you ty for fantastic us with your attractive and powerful speech you're fantastic", another fan added. Madonna's 60th birthday was overshadowed in the public eye by Aretha's death.

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