Madonna Says Her Speech At The VMAs Wasn't Intended To Be An Aretha Franklin Tribute

Madonna stated she was asked to present the award for video of the year at the VMAs and was told to "share any anecdotes I had in my career connected to Aretha Franklin." But she did "not intend to do a tribute to her," according to her Instagram post.

"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!" Madonna wrote. "That would be impossible in 2 minutes with all the noise and tinsel of an award show. I could never do her justice in this context or environment."