Taylor Swift made a classy move at her “Reputation Tour” show in Detroit. She honored the late Aretha Franklin mid-concert with a tribute and a moment of silence. Franklin died two weeks ago after a six-decade career as the “Queen of Soul.”
Franklin came up through the church in Detroit, rode the 1960s soul music explosion to fame for her emotionally powerful songs.
“Last week we lost an irreplaceable force. Aretha Franklin did so much for music, she did so much for women’s rights, she did so much for civil rights,” Swift said from the stage.
“She was one of those people, where no matter what you said, no matter what glowing positive thing you said about her, it would be an understatement. Words could never, ever describe how many things she did in her lifetime that made our world a better place. And this is her home,” she continued.
Swift asked for a moment of silence to “reflect on our love and respect for her and everything that she did in her life.”
Franklin will be buried on Friday (Aug. 31) at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. Her father, brother and two sisters are also buried there.
Franklin was a force in popular music. In all, she won 18 Grammys and scored 25 gold records. Her hits included such classics as “Respect,” “Chain of Fools” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Spanish Harlem” and “Think.”
She was also an outspoken advocate for civil rights.
Check out Taylor’s tribute below. Let us know how Aretha touched you in the comments below.