Madonna defends herself
NEW YORK: Madonna says she hadn’t been asked and hadn’t intended to do a tribute to Aretha Franklin at the MTV Video Music Awards.
The pop star was scorched online for telling a lengthy story about the late Franklin on Monday’s show that had more to do with herself than the Queen of Soul, who died last week of cancer.
But in an Instagram post on Tuesday, Madonna said she had been asked to present the Video of the Year award and share any anecdotes in her career that were connected to Franklin.
Madonna’s story about how she sang a song popularised by Franklin at an audition was more about her own career than Franklin. – AP/ African News Agency (ANA)