Aretha Franklin reportedly left an $80 million estate and no will

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"Aretha Louise Franklin changed the course of my life", she said, speaking against the backdrop of a large black and white image of a young Franklin.

The singer was presenting the award for best video at last night's VMAs when she chose to say a few words about the Queen of Soul who passed away last week.

Why, yes. Before she got to the point (she sang (You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman acapella at an audition of yore), Madonna meandered through references to Paris, poverty, guitar lessons and finally her backside hanging out at a VMAs show after breaking a stiletto. She even offered auxiliary details about "getting robbed, held at gunpoint, and being mistaken for a prostitute in my third-floor walk-up that was a crack house", which probably didn't need to be included in a tribute about someone else.

Franklin was known to defend her rights in court, twice suing filmmaker Alan Elliott for trying to distribute a film made from footage of a 1972 Franklin concert at New Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. "Long live the queen".

This is very surprising to many given the fact that Aretha was a well know singer with a lot of reputation to herself, a reputation that presumably comes with a lot of legal aid. Then they asked me if I had sheet music and a song prepared.

The 76-year-old icon is worth a reported $80 million, according to celebritynetworth.com.

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In her autobiography, Aretha: From These Roots, Aretha Franklin mused on a term coined by one of her boyfriends: "The Age of Aretha".

"Just to clarify: I was asked to present video of the year by MTV!", she wrote. Nearly instantaneously, there was outcry online that Madonna's "tribute" was too self-focused, as the singer hardly mentioned the Queen of Soul. 'Cause I wasn't Madonna yet. I don't know who I was.

Franklin has been honored by a lot of athletes, and she'll always be remembered for her national anthem rendition prior to a Lions' Thanksgiving game.

To put it gently - it was a hot mess and left many wondering how she landed the gig of paying tribute to the Queen of Soul in the first place.

One person used a GIF of Franklin to call the tribute "lies, lies and more lies".

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