How Taylor Swift Paid Tribute To Aretha Franklin At Her Recent Detroit Concert

"We love you, Aretha."

Earlier this week, Taylor Swift took time during her Detroit concert to pay tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, who grew up in the city and sadly died there earlier this month following a battle with cancer. Before calling for a moment of silence, Swift shared some kind words about the Queen of Soul.

Swift reportedly called Franklin an "irreplaceable force," adding that she "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," the singer continued. "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."

Swift requested for the lights to be dimmed and asked fans to silently "reflect on our love and respect for her and everything that she did in her life." When the moment was finished, she said simply, "We love you, Aretha."

As HuffPost points out, Franklin once sang "Happy Birthday" to Swift at Billboard's Women in Music event in 2014, where fellow pop star Ariana Grande was also in attendance. Grande recently paid her own tribute to Franklin by performing "Natural Woman" on The Tonight Show.

It's not the first time Swift has gotten serious with the crowd during her Reputation Tour. She previously gave a speech for her "brave" LGBTQ fans during Pride Month, and shared a hopeful message during a concert in Manchester, where a tragic bombing killed 22 people last year. On a more personal note, Swift also recently became emotional on stage one year after winning her sexual assault case, thanking fans for their support and sharing the importance of believing survivors.

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