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.
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