Madonna pays rambling tribute to Aretha Franklin

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The soiree will take place in downtown NY following Monday night's show at Radio City Music Hall.

"So you're probably all wondering why I'm telling you this story", she went on.

And Love Wellness founder Lo Bosworth told her Lady Lovin" podcast in February that she said "F***, no!

Of course, once Madonna stepped out onto the stage in an outfit that was pieced together from the appropriation rack from Urban Outfitters, it was clear the "Like a Virgin" singer was going to embarrass herself far more severely than if she tried to sing one of Franklin's songs. Remember when you thought she sang, "Are you Ellie?" during the "I'm Real" remix with Ja Rule? Madonna's VMAs posts, including one that mentioned the hashtags "respect" and "arethafranklin", racked up hundreds of comments after the awards show. "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", Madonna added.

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One Twitter user spoke for many when he wrote: "This ain't about Aretha at all".

Just days ago, the 49-year-old "On the Floor" songstress touched on the importance of taking home the Video Vanguard Award in an emotional Instagram post. There were also show-stopping performances from Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato, DNCE, Rod Stewart, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Shawn Mendes, Gucci Mane, Julia Michaels, Alessia Cara and KYLE. Aretha or Madonna? Definitely Aretha... An icon paid homage to an icon. In 2016, people weren't too happy with her tribute to the late and legendary Prince at the Billboard Awards.

Details on the reality series are still under wraps, but Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt, Audrina Patridge, Justin Bobby, Frankie Delgado and Stephanie Pratt were all seen at the VMAs.

But "Respect" (1967) was her signature tune and the broadcast ended with a recording of Aretha belting out the Otis Redding cover as the audience danced wildly.

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