Music World Pays Tribute To Aretha Franklin At MTV Video Awards

Queen of Pop, Madonna led an impassioned tribute to Aretha Franklin “Queen of Soul” at the MTV Video Music Awards on Monday.

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The show came four days after 76-year-old Franklin died of pancreatic cancer and the industry used the telecast to send Franklin off in style.

In a 10-minute speech Madonna, who turned 60 last Thursday, recalled “She led me to where I am today, and I know she influenced so many people in this house tonight, in this room tonight”.

Franklin has influenced generations of singers with iconic hits including “Natural Woman” and “I Say a Little Prayer”.

But “Respect” (1967) was her signature tune and the broadcast ended with a recording of Aretha belting out the Otis Redding cover as the audience danced wildly.

“I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Long live the Queen,” Madonna added.

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Artistes in attendance include Cardi B, Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, Logic, Ryan Tedder, Jennifer Lopez, DJ Khaled amongst others.

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