But not everyone is impressed with how the Queen of Soul was remembered.
Prior to presenting the final award of the night, the highly coveted Video of the Year Award, Madonna appeared on stage in front of a backdrop of Aretha.
In her speech, Madonna spoke about her career started and the struggles she endured along the way.
“One day, a French disco sensation was looking for backup singers and dancers for his world tour. I thought ‘why not?'” she said.
“The worst that can happen is I can go back to getting robbed, held at gunpoint and being mistaken for a prostitute in my third floor walk up that was also a crack house.”
You can watch a snippet of Madonna’s Aretha Franklin tribute below.
But while some fans praised Madonna for sharing her tough journey, others believed Madonna “disrespected Aretha’s legacy” by the making the speech all about herself.
Madonna Paid Tribute to herself! pic.twitter.com/mekA1VgG0K
— Juneous Pettijohn (@iamjuneous) August 21, 2018
Very disrespectful. If they were going to do a half a** job they shouldn’t even bothered. Wow 6 decades in the music business people trying to emulate and duplicate her music and all she gets is Madonna talking about herself and some snippets of her music. That just FOUL!!!!!
— Beverly Jones (@BeverlyBudjones) August 21, 2018
Madonna gave a tribute to Madonna in front of a portrait of Aretha. Thats not beautiful. Its wrong.
— Nicole (@lovenic03) August 21, 2018
WTF was Madonna taking about. So disrespectful to do a tribute for Ms. Aretha Franklin, just to talk about yourself. SMH!!
— avis (@nadayia) August 21, 2018
Travis Scott gave a better Aretha Franklin Tribute than Madonna and All he said was RIP Aretha Franklin. #VMAs
— Trey Lawrence (@_TreyLawrence) August 21, 2018
Seriously I’m so over MADONNA ???????????????? She’s “honoring” Aretha Franklin & making the story all about her…Funny she did the same thing when Michael Jackson died & she opened the VMA’s with a speech & it was about her…I just can’t anymore with her! Aretha or Madonna ????????♀️ pic.twitter.com/QXzfeAwJh0
— Jessica Lynn ???? (@jessilynn1123) August 21, 2018
— Arianna Davis (@ariannagdavis) August 21, 2018
How was that a tribute to #ArethaFranklin @MTV @vmas when it was story all about @Madonna with a two second mention of #Aretha. This a travesty if I ever saw one. The nerve and the audacity of all the people behind the scenes of this production and network. pic.twitter.com/XpthRHRW9W
— Copacetic88 (@aionenonly03) August 21, 2018
The 60-year-old singer was also criticised and accused of cultural appropriation for wearing traditional African garb.
What do you think? Did Madonna cross the line in her tribute? Let us know down below.