"I did not intend to do a tribute to her!" the singer wrote on Instagram

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Madonna has responded to widespread criticism of her supposed tribute to Aretha Franklin on Monday night's MTV Video Music Awards by saying it was never meant to be a tribute to Aretha at all. 

"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."

Im with the Winner!! The beautiful @camila_cabello ! So proud of her! 🌈💕🎉. And just to clarify: I was asked to present video of the year by MTV! 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. Unfortunately most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge. I love Aretha! R.E.S.P.E.C.T. 🙏🏼. I Love Camilla! Congrats! I LOVE my dress! AND. I love-L O V E!! ♥️ and there is nothing anyone can say or do that will change that. #vmas #postivevibes

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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." 

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