Yes, “Melania has occasionally used her platform in this way, but it has been Ivanka’s entire raison d’être in the Trump cinematic universe”, agrees Christina Cauterucci at Slate.
Tedder was onstage as Logic entered the venue with dozens of immigrant children following him, wearing T-shirts that said, “We are all human beings” and holding candles.
The death of Aretha Franklin still continues to inspire tributes from across the world, and the MTV VMAs are no different.
Besides, even if the VMAs in their exhausted attempt to stay relevant wanted to do a tribute to Franklin, they should have gotten a black performer to do that.
“I had no training or dreams of ever becoming a singer but I went for it”, she continued.
Late in the show, the time finally came. “I know the song by heart, I will sing it a cappella, ‘” she said.
Following her performance, Lopez, 49, accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, and became emotional as she talked about her two children, Max and Emme, and partner Alex Rodriguez. She took to Instagram to document the festivities, even referring to herself as a “Berber Queen”, despite not actually being a Berber Queen at all. “I left Detroit when I was 18”.
Standing in front of a giant image of Aretha Franklin, Madonna gave a speech about. her own journey to stardom. “And NOW. Madonna babbling about Madonna, in that faux #MTVVMAS “#Aretha tribute”. I walked to the edge of the pitch-black stage, and I started singing.
Remarkably, Madonna refrained from announcing herself as the victor. Where was the tribute?
“So I went to sleep, dreaming these fabulous thoughts of being 40 and it was good”, she said with a smile. “Now, today, I stand here stronger and better than ever”.
Madonna ruined the Aretha Tribute on the #VMAs in 2018. I had to think fast. Many white actors brought women of color, many of them activists, as their dates.
We’ve assembled the best Twitter reactions (to Madonna’s speech and the rest of the VMAs) below for your perusal.
“Comedian and actor Roy Wood Jr teased with a fake quote summarising the speech, tweeting: “‘If it wasn’t for Aretha, we wouldn’t have Madonna’- Madonna”. As the credits began to roll, I heard Aretha’s “Respect” playing over the speakers in the auditorium as people got up from their seats to exit. “R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Long live the queen”, she said.