The Queen of Pop says all the haters bashing her are "quick to judge."
The Queen of Pop was slammed on Twitter for her speech, which ended up being more about herself than the late, great Queen of Soul, as she rambled about how great Madonna is, and how Madonna got started and oh, by the way, how much she liked Aretha Franklin.
Clearly the criticism got back to Madge, who addressed her haters on Instagram on Tuesday morning.
"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," she explained. "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!"
She said it "would be impossible in 2 minutes with all the noise and tinsel of an award show," adding she "could never do her justice in this context or environment."
Note: the tribute ended up being six minutes long.
"Unfortunately most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge," she continued. "I love Aretha! R.E.S.P.E.C.T. 🙏🏼."
She went on to say that she also loves Camila Cabello, to whom she presented Video of the Year ... while also spelling her name wrong.
"AND. I love-L O V E!! and there is nothing anyone can say or do that will change that," she concluded, with the hashtag #postivevibes.
Watch her lengthy speech below -- what do you think?
We've captured some of the best and funniest reactions to Madonna's tribute to Madonna, featuring Aretha Franklin, below.
Madonna presents an Aretha Franklin tribute by Madonna featuring Madonna with Madonna and Madonna as “Madonna”— Marc (@MarcSnetiker) August 21, 2018
They ended the show on the most disrespectful note by having Madonna spend 10 minutes talking about herself while “honoring” Aretha and then giving the award to a racist lmao— ✨lets go lesbians✨ (@Jauredramatic) August 21, 2018
I just can’t believe Madonna took Aretha’s moment to do.....that??! Like, woooow. pic.twitter.com/jgW9rfTBO3— Cee. (@ceedotcee) August 21, 2018
Madonna really gentrified an entire tribute to Aretha with more anecdotes than a Presidential candidate. You gotta be kidding me... #VMAs— Jeff J. (@JeffJSays) August 21, 2018
Madonna really got up there and read us the pitch for her biopic in honor of Aretha Franklin. The audacity.— Phillip Henry (@MajorPhilebrity) August 21, 2018
Madonna gentrified an Aretha tribute. I knew we shoulda deported The Whites.— Tyler R. Tynes (@TylerRickyTynes) August 21, 2018
Bruh somebody tell Madonna this ain’t about her.— Ice (@OfficiallyIce) August 21, 2018
Madonna made Aretha Franklin's death about herself and her own musical journey, and honestly, this is some of the whitest shit I have ever seen. #VMAs— Evette Dionne 🤷🏾♀️ (@freeblackgirl) August 21, 2018
“You’re probably all wondering why I am telling this story.” Yes, Madonna. #VMAs— Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick) August 21, 2018
Okay so Madonna talked about herself for five minutes during an Aretha tribute then proceeded it with a story about one of her solo performances. Where's the R-E-S-P-E-C-T? #VMAs pic.twitter.com/n6NAJahToU— Ryann (@ryann_warner) August 21, 2018
Madonna gave herself a tribute featuring Aretha.— LoveYourself (@ScottieBeam) August 21, 2018
This was an incredible Madonna tribute. https://t.co/syn8N0Zc4a— Reagan Gomez (@ReaganGomez) August 21, 2018
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 🤦♀️🤷♀️— Kathleen Lights (@KathleenLights1) August 21, 2018
MTV: Can you say a few words about Aretha Franklin ?— IGZ (@igzrap) August 21, 2018
Madonna: no problem lemme just talk bout myself for a while tho first
"I me me me me me me me Aretha me me me me me me me me me myself and I." -Madonna— Alexander Hardy (@chrisalexander_) August 21, 2018
Madonna literally payed tribute to herself! Bitch what?! #VMAS— Alicia Maurtua (@Alicia705) August 21, 2018