Madonna: Comments at VMAs weren't 'tribute' to Aretha
"I did not intend to do a tribute to her!" the singer wrote on Instagram
"Just to clarify: I was asked to present video of the year by MTV!" Madonna wrote in a post on Instagram on Tuesday. "And then they asked me to share any anecdotes I had in my career connected to Aretha Franklin! 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! 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."
Madonna continued, "Unfortunately most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge. I love Aretha! R.E.S.P.E.C.T."
Madonna's appearance on Monday's VMAs — which followed a video of Aretha Franklin performing "I Say a Little Prayer" and was backed by a huge backdrop of Franklin — was blasted for being more about Madonna than it was about the Queen of Soul.
Madonna weathered the criticism of her tribute and her wardrobe, a black robe accented by heaps of jewelry and a spiked headpiece, by accentuating the positive.
"I LOVE my dress! AND. I love-L O V E!!" she wrote. "and there is nothing anyone can say or do that will change that. #vmas #postivevibes."