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Madonna's VMA Tribute To Aretha Franklin Did Not Go Over Well With Viewers

By John Sundholm

She’s always been divisive, with as many detractors as fans. But last night, Madonna may just have stepped into unanimous criticism, for the very first time.

Last night's VMAs fell just four days after the passing of arguably music’s greatest remaining legend, Aretha Franklin. She was a talent so monumental it really feels impossible that she is no longer with us.

So of course, a VMAs tribute to the late musician was in order. And since another living legend—Madonna, who turned 60 the same day as Aretha’s passing—was already on hand to deliver the Video of the Year award, the producers tapped the Queen of Pop to honor the Queen of Soul.