Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin Both Died on August 16 – Long Live the King and Queen
The King of Rock 'n' Roll and the Queen of Soul are united in death even as they were joined in superstardom in life. Aretha Franklin died in Detroit at age 76 on Thursday — 41 years to the day that Elvis Presley succumbed to a heart attack at his Memphis estate Graceland in 1977 at age 43. She also passed exactly 70 years after baseball legend Babe Ruth, the so-called Sultan of Swat, died in New York City at age 53And yes, Thursday also marks the 60th birthday of another pop music icon, Madonna, in the kind of sublime coincidence that should keep fans and conspiracy theorists active for years.
Critics slammed Madonna for making the speech about herself, rather than truly honoring Franklin 's legacy. During this year's Billboard Music That was such an awkward tribute to Aretha Franklin . I was hoping Madonna would talk a liiiiiiiitle less about herself and more about Aretha but idk lol 🤦♀
Franklin Prompts Backlash , Charges of Culture Appropriation . year but pay homage to the late Aretha Franklin in a tribute that drew heavy backlash from social media I read many nice (short) tributes to Aretha by others, just as famous and esteemed in their professional lives as Madonna .
In the midst of celebrating the best in music, Madonna made a special appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards to not only present the award for video of the year but pay homage to the late Aretha Franklin in a tribute that drew heavy backlash from social media users.
The iconic African-American singer, known as the Queen of Soul,at her home in Detroit following a battle with advanced pancreatic cancer. She was 76.
Speaking in front of a projected image of Franklin onstage, Madonna began chronicling her musical origins, explaining that she consistently got "cut and rejected" after every audition for not fitting the status quo with other musicians.
Bill Cosby's Aretha Franklin Tribute Sparks Backlash: 'Are You Tweeting From Jail?'
Disgraced comedy star Bill Cosby faced online backlash on Thursday after paying tribute to the late Aretha Franklin by remembering the Queen of Soul for her work on his "The Cosby Show" spinoff "A Different World." "Are you tweeting from jail?" one commenter asked about Cosby's tweeted remembrance, while another snarked: "Wifi must be good in cellblock c.""Are you tweeting from jail?" one commenter asked about Cosby's tweeted remembrance, while another snarked: "Wifi must be good in cellblock c.
# VMAs : @ Madonna tribute to Aretha Franklin prompts backlash * Madonna has been slammed for her tone deaf tribute to the belated Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin . This also prompted calls of cultural appropriation . * Madonna also did something very similar when Prince died.
UPDATE: Madonna attempted to clarify her peculiar tribute to Aretha Franklin at the MTV Video Music Awards Monday. The pop star’s remarks 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
The singer then explained that she struggled to find success in the industry for she was "not tall enough, not 12-octave range enough, not pretty enough and not enough enough." "I had no training or dreams but I went for it," Madonna said in a dialogue that was heavy on her achievements and light on Franklin's.
Madonna, who seemingly had come straight from her 60th birthday festivities in Morocco and Malawi, and was dressed in traditional African garb, then explained that she would go on to audition with a performance of Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" to which she said she knew "every word" by heart.
Though she was aware that those who she was auditioning for would simply view her as a "skinny-a** white girl" who "is going to come out here and sing a song by one of the soul singers that ever lived," Madonna credited Franklin for being the reason she is as successful as she is today.
The Obamas Pay Tribute to Aretha Franklin as Trump Faces Backlash for Saying 'She Worked for Me'
Donald Trump Faces Backlash for Saying Aretha Franklin 'Worked for Me'In contrast, President Trump has been criticized for his statement to the press, which said in part, “She worked for me…”
Madonna presents a tribute to Aretha Franklin at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, Aug. Some accused Madonna , in her spiky silver headpiece, heavy necklaces and beaded bracelets, of cultural appropriation .
Madonna responded to backlash on Tuesday following her tribute to Aretha Franklin at the MTV Video Music Awards, saying she “did not intend to do a tribute to her,” but was asked by MTV to “share any anecdotes” she had about the late singer.
"None of this would've happened, could've happened without our lady of soul. She led me to where I am today and I know she influenced so many people in this house tonight, in this room tonight, and I want to thank you Aretha for empowering all of us, R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Long live the queen!"
Though it was an attempt to be a touching honor, viewers were not pleased with the singer's tribute to the soul singer. Critics slammed Madonna for making the speech about herself, rather than truly honoring Franklin's legacy. During this year's Billboard Music Awards, Madonna was also criticized for "ruining" thededicated to the late-singer Prince.
Madonna ruined the Prince Tribute on the Billboard Awards in 2016.— April (@ReignOfApril)
Madonna ruined the Aretha Tribute on the in 2018.
I really never want to see her again. Ever.
That was such an awkward tribute to Aretha Franklin. I was hoping Madonna would talk a liiiiiiiitle less about herself and more about Aretha but idk lol
Madonna responds to VMAs backlash over Aretha Franklin tribute .
Madonna responds to VMAs backlash over Aretha Franklin tributeMadonna is breaking her silence on that disastrous MTV Video Music Awards “tribute” to Aretha Franklin.