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"How Madonna making this about her", one Twitter user said.

2018 MTV Video Music Awards - Show - Radio City Music Hall, New York, U.S., August 20, 2018 - Madonna speaks during a tribute to the late singer Aretha Franklin.

The Queen of Pop was asked to speak about the late Queen of Soul at Monday's award ceremony in NY.

"You are probably all wondering why I am telling you this story", she said.

Madonna continued to talk about her early-career struggles, like getting robbed, and being "mistaken for a prostitute in her third floor walk-up, that was also a crack house". Because none of this would have happened, could have happened, without our Lady of Soul.

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MTV asked Madonna to honor Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday, during her intro for the video of the year victor announcement. Although many were hoping the new mother would perform at the VMAs, she still didn't disappoint serving as the opener for the show. She spoke at length about her own start in the business and her own career before thanking Franklin for "empowering all of us".

Given Madonna's long-standing history of cultural appropriation, she was also criticised for her braids and outfit, including a headpiece in-debited to those traditionally worn by Moroccan Amazighs, an ethnic minority of North Africa.

April Reign took Madonna and MTV to task tweeting, "They played a video of Aretha". When people have said, 'You're doing too much, you can only do one thing, ' I always had it in my mind. "I thought Madonna was supposed to be paying homage to Aretha but all I heard was her paying homage to herself".

The "Bartier Cardi" rapper opened the show clutching a baby-shaped blanket, only to reveal a moon man award and introduce Shawn Mendes "In My Blood". One wrote: "I have no issue with Madonna's clunky speech".

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.

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