Reports say the music icon is in a Detroit hospital surrounded by family and asking for prayers. Here’s a look at her iconic career that spans generations in music and American history.
Beyoncé dedicated Monday night’s Detroit concert to the ailing Aretha Franklin, drawing a massive roar from the Queen of Soul’s hometown crowd.
The moment came early in Beyoncé’s show with Jay-Z at Ford Field, packed with 40,000-plus.
“We love you,” Beyonce said of Franklin, adding a thank-you for “the beautiful music.”
DJ Khaled, spinning tunes ahead of the power couple’s set, had drawn his own stadium-sized cheers when he dropped into Franklin’s “Respect.”
Ford Field is just around the corner from Aretha Franklin Avenue, the street ceremonially named last summer for a tearful Franklin.
As the Free Press confirmed today, the 76-year-old singer is seriously ill. She is under the watch of family and doctors at her home in Detroit’s Riverfront Towers.
Detroit is the latest stop on Beyonce and Jay-Z’s On the Run II tour.
Contact Detroit Free Press music writer Brian McCollum: 313-223-4450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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