In an Instagram post featuring the Material Girl with Camila Cabello, who won the night’s Video of the Year award, the singer claimed it was all a big misunderstanding — she never intended to honor the Queen of Soul in the first place.
Here’s the key part of the post, which Madonna shared on Tuesday.
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.
Madonna then blamed the reaction to her self-involved speech to, well, everyone else.
“Unfortunately most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge,” she wrote, before paying a cursory tribute to Franklin. “I love Aretha! R.E.S.P.E.C.T. 🙏🏼.”
The complete post appears below.