Friday, August 24, 2018

Aretha Franklin Tribute Becomes Madonna Monologue

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards held on August 20, 2018 was meant to honor the best in the music video medium. 

[Originally conceived as an alternative to the Grammy Awards (in the video category), the annual MTV Video Music Awards ceremony has often been called the "Super Bowl for youth", an acknowledgment of the VMA ceremony's ability to draw millions of youth from teens to 20-somethings each year]. 

Of course, this year, MTV naturally wanted to eulogize the legendary Aretha Franklin. Like it or not, Franklin’s death on August 16 has overshadowed the 60th birthday of another seminal artist, Madonna. 

MTV thought they were being very clever when they made the bizarre decision to take out two birds with one stone – they invited Madonna to present a paean to Franklin (left) while also presenting the Video of the Year Award. 

And what we got was a Madonna monologue about Madonna – not what we were expecting! 

I'd better not generalize  it should be "not what I was expecting".

You must GO TO THE BBC LINK below and check out the self-indulgent tribute to Franklin where the Queen of Pop gave herself massive airtime and the Queen of Soul only a passing mention:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/entertainment-arts-45263731/madonna-s-self-indulgent-aretha-tribute (Source: bbc.co.uk – © copyright 2018 BBC).

And give a listen to these two video clips – broadsides of barbs directed at Madonna for her “syiok sendiri” spiel at the 2018 MTV VMAs on Monday:

 

[Note: The Breakfast Club is a New York City-based American syndicated radio show]. 

Anyway, in case you wish to know, the Video of the Year Award went to Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug for “Havana”:


One of my fave artists, Nicki Minaj won the Best Hip-Hop Award for "Chun-Li":


The song which takes its name from the Street Fighter character of the same name is from her fourth studio album, Queen (2018).

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