Madonna Defends Aretha Franklin Tribute After Backlash

22 August, 2018, 01:28 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
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Camila Cabello's first VMA win as a solo artist was so overwhelming, she could hardly breathe. J.Lo also took home Best Collaboration for her Cardi B and DJ Khaled collaboration "Dinero".

"I wanna thank my family who inspired this music video", she said.

Madonna went on to explain that she "panicked" during an audition to be a French musician's back-up singer and dancer, and made a decision to try Franklin's classic (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, a cappella. "I could never do her justice in this context or environment". And I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us. Most of the tribute to Franklin, however, was spent explaining the early origins of Madonna's career.

The Grammy victor reiterated that "none of this would've happened, could've happened without our lady of soul".

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Accepting the award for the song on stage at the Radio City Music Hall in NY on Monday, Grande, 25, thanked her family, fans and fiance Pete Davidson, who was seated in the audience. - Camila Cabello poses backstage with her awards for Artist of the Year and Video of the Year for "Havana". She credited that failure with launching her into a different opportunity that led to the rest of her career.

In 2014, her former band Fifth Harmony were awarded Artist to Watch for Miss Movin' On. Normani now has her first hit apart from the group with the Khalid-assisted "Love Lies".

There was just one political moment, orchestrated when Logic was joined onstage by young immigrants wearing T-shirts that read, "We are all human beings" to protest the Trump administration's separation of migrant children from their parents after they illegally crossed the U.S. -Mexico border.

Neither Mars, Drake, Gambino, Beyonce nor Jay-Z attended the awards show in New York City, which featured performances by Ariana Grande - who won best pop video for "No Tears Left to Cry", - Nicki Minaj, Aerosmith, Shawn Mendes and Travis Scott.

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