According to reports, the duo dedicated their Monday show to the Queen of Soul.
Queen B made the sweet tribute after performing the opening number at Ford Field. “This show is dedicated to Aretha Franklin,” she said, per the concert venue. According to the Detroit Free Press she then added, “We love you” and thanked the legendary singer for the “beautiful music.” The news outlet also reported the couple’s opener, DJ Khaled, played Franklin’s hit “Respect,” generating roars of applause from the audience. The concert location was a special one as the “Natural Woman” singer grew up in Detroit and lives in Michigan. (E! Online)
— Ford Field (@fordfield) August 14, 2018
This week, various musicians from Missy Elliott to Q-Tip have sent prayers to Franklin.
— SOHH (@sohh) August 14, 2018
My prayers are with Aretha Franklin & her family during this difficult time 🙏🏾 LOOK BELOW @ what I tweeted at the top of the year we MUST CELEBRATE the Living Legends while they are here to see it. So many have given us decades of Timeless music…❤️ https://t.co/VVacLxcMSI
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) August 13, 2018
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) August 13, 2018
Yesterday, reports emerged about Aretha being gravely ill and possibly dealing with cancer.
A source very close to Aretha and a longtime dear friend tells TMZ he was told a week ago, “Prepare yourself, she’s dying.” The source adds Aretha was down to 86 pounds and her health was failing. The source says 2 weeks ago everyone in Aretha’s circle was told “she could go any time.” Another source — someone who has been close to Aretha for decades — tells TMZ she has been battling cancer. (TMZ)
An additional media outlet has confirmed Franklin’s health issues.
Sending well wishes. Aretha Franklin “is not doing well,” a source confirmed to Us Weekly on Monday, August 13. The insider noted that the 76-year-old legendary singer’s “body is breaking down,” and that Franklin “is hanging in there, but recovery is not looking likely.” She is currently “comfortable at home.” (Us Magazine)