Taylor Swift holds moment of silence for Aretha Franklin

Taylor Swift holds a moment of silence for the late Aretha Franklin during Detroit concert… as it’s revealed Ariana Grande will sing at her funeral

On Tuesday evening, Taylor Swift held a moment of silence for Aretha Franklin – who died, age 76, on August 16, from pancreatic cancer.

It has also been confirmed that Taylor’s fellow pop starlet Ariana Grande will sing at the Queen Of Soul’s funeral – which takes place this week in Aretha’s hometown of Detroit.

Taylor was performing a leg of her Reputation tour at Detroit’s Ford Field on Tuesday night when she asked the tech team to kill the lights, so that she and her audience could honour the late singer.


In tribute: On Tuesday evening, Taylor Swift held a moment of silence for Aretha Franklin. It has also been confirmed that Ariane Grande will sing at the Queen Of Soul’s funeral – which takes place this week

A sad loss: Aretha Franklin – who died, age 76, on August 16 – will be laid to rest in her hometown of Detroit this week

‘Last week we lost an irreplaceable force,’ Taylor said. ‘Aretha Franklin 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.

‘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.


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‘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. We love you Aretha.’ 

Fond memories: Aretha’s rep, Gwendolyn Quinn, explained that the late songstress met Ariana when the two performed at the White House in 2014 for then-President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as part of the Women Of Soul concert

Idol: ‘Last week we lost an irreplaceable force,’ Taylor said. ‘Aretha Franklin 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’

Natural Woman: Ariana will be among several performers who will pay tribute to Aretha at her funeral on Friday 

Ariana will be among several performers who will pay tribute to Aretha at her funeral on Friday.

She will be joined by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar and Chaka Khan.

Aretha’s rep, Gwendolyn Quinn, explained that the late songstress met Ariana when the two performed at the White House in 2014 for then-President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as part of the Women Of Soul concert.

She added that Aretha and Ariana hit it off and that the late star’s family was moved by Ariana’s performance of (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman after her death.

Honouring the singer: Aretha Franklin’s body arrived in a gold casket at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in her Detroit, Michigan, hometown on Tuesday morning

Out in style: The casket carrying Franklin’s body was taken to the viewing in a 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse


Poignant: The same Cadillac was used to transport her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin, when he died in July 1984. It was also used to transport Rosa Parks’ body when she died in 2005 [L]

Ariana performed the song with The Roots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last week.

Aretha’s funeral is a two-day occasion; on Tuesday there was a ceremony in which her gold casket was left open for public mourners to pay their respects.

This took place at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and Aretha appeared dressed in a red suit and crimson pumps. Gold thread spelled out Aretha Franklin, The Queen Of Soulin the casket’s lining.

The private service will take place on Friday. Although it’s not for the public to attend, it will be streamed online and on TV. 

Legion of fans: Franklin’s gospel music played over the museum speakers as mourners approached her casket and paid their respects. Many were seen crying, crossing themselves, bowing their heads or blowing kisses to the late singer

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