Aretha Franklin’s enemy Beyonce dedicates concert to ailing Queen of Soul

Beyonce and Jay Z dedicated their OTR II show in Detroit last night to Aretha Franklin.

Bey – who has clashed with the Queen of Soul in the past – made the tribute before performing her opening song at Ford Field stadium.

"This show is dedicated to Aretha Franklin," she said.

She then added, "We love you," according to the Detroit Free Press and thanked the legendary singer for the "beautiful music."

Aretha Franklin’s family has been warned that the ‘gravely ill’ star could die at any minute, according to a long-time friend.



Thought to be in the final stages of pancreatic cancer, the Queen of Soul’s friend told TMZ.com her weight has plummeted to just 6st and that her circle has been told, "Prepare yourself, she’s dying."

Doctors are said to have informed the 76 year old’s family, "she could go at any time," and her sister-in-law Cendia Franklin told Radar Online the outlook is "not looking good."

"She’s very ill. She has been under the weather for months. A lot of her family is around her, supporting her. We just never know," Cendia continued.


Beyonce is clearly keen to patch things up with Franklin after they fell out after the 2008 Grammy Awards when Bey introduced Tina Turner as The Queen of Soul – only mentioning legendary Franklin in passing.

"I am not sure of whose toes I may have stepped on or whose ego I may have bruised between the Grammy writers and Beyonce," Franklin said at the time.

"However, I dismissed it as a cheap shot for controversy."

But in 2013 when Bey was criticised for lip-syncing at President Obama’s inauguration, Franklin came to the singer’s defence.

"When I heard [she lip-synced] I just really cracked up," she said.

"I thought it was really funny, but she did a beautiful job with the pre-record."

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