Madonna enraged Black Twitter when she took too long to pay tribute to the queen of soul Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday of pancreatic cancer at age 76. Before presenting the award to Camila Cabello for Best Video of the Year at the 2018 MTV VMAs on Monday night, Madonna explained how Aretha inspired her early in her career.

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Rapper Cardi B’s loss is another artist’s gain. Interscope Records announced R&B newcomer Ella Mai, left, will replace Cardi B on Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic World Tour. Cardi dropped out of the tour unexpectedly after giving birth to her and rapper Offset’s daughter, Kulture Kiari Cephus, in July.

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Nicki Minaj recorded her fans and the paparazzi with her cell phone as she arrived at “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on Monday. Nicki appeared on the talk show to promote her new album Queen. She was forced to dump her cover of Tracy Chapman‘s hit song “Baby Can I Hold You” off her new album, Queen, after the pop music legend denied her request to sample her music.

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