Taylor Swift Pauses Concert to Honor Late Aretha Franklin [Watch]
Taylor Swift's Reputation Tour rolled through Aretha Franklin's hometown of Detroit on Tuesday (Aug. 28) night, and the country-gone-pop starlet didn't overlook the opportunity to honor a legend.
"Last week we lost an irreplaceable force," Swift says in a video captured by a fan in the crowd. "Aretha Franklin did so much for music, she did so much for women’s rights, she did so much for civil rights. 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."
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Swift goes on to say that "words could never, ever describe how many things she did in her lifetime that made our world a better place." Noting that she was playing Franklin’s hometown, Swift then asked the Ford Field audience if they would join her in a moment of silence.
"I would like it if we could have a moment of silence so that every single one of us could reflect on our love and respect for her and everything that she did in her life. So if we could please cut the lights, we’ll have a moment of silence for Aretha," she says in the clip above, adding, "We love you, Aretha."
The solemn moment was a classy way for Swift to give recognition to the soul icon.
Franklin's funeral is set to take place on Friday (Aug. 31), and a number of artists will pay homage to her through song, including country's own Faith Hill. Ariana Grande and Stevie Wonder will also perform.
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