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Taylor Swift Pays Tribute to Aretha Franklin with Moment of Silence at 'reputation Tour' Show in Detroit

Taylor Swift held a moment of silence for Aretha Franklin during a reputation Tour stop in the late singer’s hometown of Detroit on Tuesday (August 28).

Just days ahead of Aretha‘s funeral in Detroit, Taylor paid tribute to her and honored Aretha for the work she did for both women’s rights and civil rights.

“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,” Taylor said during the show.

“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,” Taylor continued. “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.”

When the lights came back up, she added, “We love you Aretha.”

A few years ago, Aretha sang “Happy Birthday” to Taylor while attending the same event.

Fans Gather to Pay Respects to Aretha Franklin in Open Casket Public Viewing (Photos)

Aretha Franklin‘s fans have flocked to pay their respects and say their final goodbyes at the public viewing of her open-casket at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan on Tuesday (August 28).

The Queen of Soul passed away at the age of 76 earlier this month after battling pancreatic cancer.

The public viewing will continue tomorrow (August 29), with a private memorial set for Friday (August 31) at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. You can see all the performers set to take the stage at her funeral.

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Aretha Franklin's Funeral - Celeb Performers Revealed

The lineup of celebrity performers for Aretha Franklin‘s private funeral service has been announced and she will have tons of amazing stars paying tribute to her.

A public memorial will take place on August 30 in Detroit with a big lineup of performers and a different lineup will be in attendance at the private funeral on August 31.

Clive Davis is reportedly also planning a memorial concert for this November at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Jennifer Hudson, who will play Aretha in an upcoming biopic, is among the stars performing at the private funeral.

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Aretha Franklin's Memorial Has So Many Amazing Performers Lined Up

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Madonna Issues Response to Backlash Over Aretha Franklin Tribute at VMAs 2018

Madonna has released a statement in response to the backlash over her tribute to the late Aretha Franklin at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

“I was asked to present video of the year by MTV! And then they asked me to share any anecdotes I had in my career connected to Aretha Franklin! I shared a part of my journey and thanked Aretha for inspiring me along the way. I did not intend to do a tribute to her! That would be impossible in 2 minutes with all the noise and tinsel of an award show. I could never do her justice in this context or environment,” Madonna posted on Instagram.

She continued, “Unfortunately most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge. I love Aretha! R.E.S.P.E.C.T. 🙏🏼.”

Viewers were slamming Madonna on social media over the speech as it spoke more about her life than Aretha‘s life and legacy.

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