Taylor Swift performs touching tribute to Aretha Franklin in icon's hometown

Deanna Kelley
August 31, 2018

Taylor Swift offered Aretha Franklin some R-E-S-P-E-C-T on Tuesday night in Detroit.

The funeral will take place Friday at 10 a.m. ET at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. There, they found Franklin in a polished bronze casket and a sheer baby blue dress with matching shoes, a change from the bright red outfit seen Tuesday across the world.

The body of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin on Tuesday arrived at the Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for viewing and final goodbyes.

A marathon funeral with an all-star list of speakers and performers was scheduled for Friday. I was able to visit with her a few times there at the apartment and to hold her hand and to YouTube my dad singing Joy Bells.

Hundreds of members of Delta Sigma Theta paid tribute to their soror, Aretha Franklin at a packed ceremony that capped a day of mourning in Detroit.

In her six decades as a music superstar, Franklin's public persona defined the term dive-her fur coats and entourages as recognizable as her voice.

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Her signature song, "Respect" - recorded as a feminist anthem - became a rallying cry as African Americans rose up nationwide in the 1960s to fight peacefully for racial equality. She came alone but made fast friends with others who sang and reminisced. "I'm OK - I'm going to rest now, '" Mills said.

Swift went on to say that Franklin "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".

"I think this is really doing her really good", said nurse Tremaine Townsend, 38, among the thousands who filed past Franklin's casket on Wednesday, thrilled by the four-day celebration.

She said the Queen of Soul was "a singer of the universe".

"She was intertwined in all of our lives", she said, adding that her love for the singer "started with 'Respect.'" "We're just feeling good about seeing the Queen".

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