And the look is fitting for the superstar singer who's received 23 nominations from the music network through her more than two-decade career - making her the show's most nominated Latin artist in its history.
The MTV VMAs are broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Monday, Aug. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. You honor a legend by telling their story or SHUT UP.
"A couple of months ago, a lot of people were saying, "You are gambling your career, you are having a baby"... but I had the baby and now I still win an award", she told the crowd. "There is a connection, because none of this would have happened, could have happened, without our lady of soul".
Madonna said "Aretha" a mere four times during the seven-minute speech, but she uttered the words "I" and "me" more than 50 times.
"I love you ty for awesome us with your lovely and powerful speech you're wonderful", another fan added. Yes, really. Now, we're no strangers to a good VMAs performance kiss (Madonna, Britney and Christina, anyone?) but judging by Maluma's reaction, this one DEFINITELY wasn't planned. "I left Detroit when I was 18, $35 in my pocket", she said.
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"Find yourself someone who will look at you the way A-Rod looks at J-Lo", one fan wrote on Twitter.
It was first presented in 1984, and past recipients - all icons in their own right - include Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, and Rihanna. "When people have said you're doing too much, you can only do one thing, I always".
For the show's opening number, MTV made a decision to get wet and wild with Shawn Mendes performing "In My Blood" as fake rain poured from the sky in one of the most apocalyptically elaborate set pieces in awards show memory.
April Reign took Madonna and MTV to task tweeting, "They played a video of Aretha". Whether she was in a gold Versace catsuit or a head-to-toe fur, she paid homage to her NYC roots with neon signs and her style.
Lopez also thanked her longtime manager, Benny Medina, and just for an extra dose of awws, she thanked A-Rod.