Taylor Swift brought a hush to a stadium concert packed with 50,000 strong Tuesday night in Detroit, paying tribute to Aretha Franklin and honoring the late singer with a minute of silence.
“Detroit, last week we lost an irreplaceable force,” Swift told the Ford Field audience. “Aretha Franklin did so much for music. She did so much for women’s rights. She did so much for civil rights.”
Swift, playing Detroit on the latest stop of her Reputation stadium tour, went on to say: “She was one of those people that no matter what you said… 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.”
With a heavenly, starry scene on the mammoth video screens behind her, the pop star asked for the moment of silence “to reflect on the love and respect we have for her and everything she did in her life.”
The arena darkened, and for the next 60 seconds, the arena fell into quiet, with occasional shouts of “Love you, Taylor” ringing from one corner or another.
“We love you, Aretha,” Swift said.
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Swift’s Detroit visit comes as the Queen of Soul continues to be honored in her hometown: Three days of public viewings started earlier Tuesday, and Franklin’s funeral will be Friday.