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Taylor Swift Pauses Concert to Pay Tribute to Aretha Franklin

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Fans pay their last to Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin Wears Bright-Red Louboutin Spike Heels in Her Gold Casket — And They Have a Hidden Meaning
| 30 August, 2018, 18:29

On Aug 16, Franklin died at age 76 from pancreatic cancer.

Although, the queen of soul is gone, many fans have trooped into the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History to pay their respects and bid their final goodbyes.

A private funeral is set for August 31 at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple.

Thomas is one of several high-profile speakers scheduled to pay tribute to Franklin.

The Queen of Soul was smiling nonchalantly in her golden coffin.

Clinton, who awarded Franklin the National Medal of Arts and Humanities, is expected to speak during Friday's funeral service.

"Thank you Queen, thank you for all your years of loving us", said one woman, dressed in a floral romper suit dancing with her friends outside the venue to Franklin's 1985 hit "Freeway of Love".


Another day, another outfit change for late diva Aretha Franklin.

Her body was delivered in a vintage white Cadillac hearse to the African-American museum in her home town where it will remain for two days.

"I feel like I've known her all my life because I grew up with her music, my mom; my aunts; my sisters".

Growing up, Gibson said she heard Franklin's music "playing all the time" by her parents, who "told me to go to bed - it's an adult party". "For more than six decades since, every time she sang, we were all graced with a glimpse of the divine", the Obamas wrote.

Swift continued, "She was one of those people, no matter what you said, no matter what glowing, positive thing you said about her, words could never ever describe how many things she did in her lifetime that made our world a better place".

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.

Aretha is closely tied to Detroit, moving there at an early age with her family before returning to Motown and The Motor City for good in the 1980s.

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