Aretha Franklin's Family Was Not Upset About Madonna's Widely Criticized VMA Tribute

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Madonna presents onstage during 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 20, 2018 in New York City.

Madonna's speech about the late Aretha Franklin at Monday's MTV VMAs received heavy criticism for coming off as one long, self-centered anecdote. Madonna took to Instagram on Tuesday to present her side of the story -- explaining that she did "not intend to do a tribute to her," but merely to share a story -- Aretha Franklin's family has responded. 

The Queen of Soul's nephew Tim Franklin told TMZ that the family was not offended by Madonna's speech and they believe that Aretha would not have been offended either.

Madonna has said she was asked to present the video of the year award and told to "share any anecdotes I had in my career connected to Aretha Franklin." She continued, "I shared a part of my journey and thanked Aretha for inspiring me along the way. I did not intend to do a tribute to her!"


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