The overall impression from last night's MTV Video Music Awards seems to be that nobody was feeling it. Despite a pre-show Backstreet Boys performance, J-Lo and Travis Scott delivering medleys, and Cardi B pretending to breastfeed on stage, the general consensus was one big "meh."

The biggest contention of the night, however, was Madonna's tribute to Aretha Franklin — or rather, Madonna's tribute to Madonna. The speech, as reported by CNN and Time, opened with Madonna stating that Franklin — who died last week following a battle with pancreatic cancer — had "changed the course of my life."

She went on to share her experiences of singing Franklin's songs at auditions, stating how surprised people were that "some skinny-ass white girl" would choose to "belt out a song by one of the greatest soul singers that ever lived." Unsurprisingly, Twitter called Madge out immediately for focusing on herself rather than actually paying tribute to Aretha Franklin.

We've assembled the best Twitter reactions (to Madonna's speech and the rest of the VMAs) below for your perusal. Check it out.

Queens of shade


Travis Scott, who dis?

Actually, who everyone?

Show some R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Madonna gets roasted

P.S. why is Travis Scott dressed like a minion?

Did you enjoy the 2018 VMAs? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Want more VMA news? Check out Travis Scott's insane 'Astroworld' medley.

What To Read Next

  • mr porter summer sale

    Take 70% off Reese Cooper, Craig Green & More in this Sale

  • breathable t-shirts

    You'll Breathe Easy If Your Tee Does Too

  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Forget 5-Inch Inseams, Our Shorts Are Reaching 3/4 Length Territory

  • medicom bearbrick

    These Are the Best BE@RBricks to Buy at Resale Right Now

  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Joe Freshgoods & Vault by Vans Enjoy “The Honeymoon Stage”

  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Lourdes Wants to Be The Next Big American Luxury Brand

*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to

Web Accessibility Statement

Titelmedia (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, Titelmedia strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titelmedia has engaged UsableNet Inc, a leading web accessibility consultant to help test, remediate and maintain our Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.