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Aretha Franklin was on the minds of some contemporary hitmakers on Monday (Aug. 13) in her hometown of Detroit. With Aretha reportedly to be in critical condition, Beyoncé and JAY-Z started their On The Run II Tour performance at Ford Field dedicating the show to Aretha, with Beyoncé noting that “We love you and thank you for all the beautiful music.”
Via Billboard, “Franklin and Beyoncé, of course, were once at odd after the 2008 Grammy Awards, where Beyoncé referred to Tina Turner as “the Queen,” Franklin, the widely acknowledged Queen of Soul, took exception to that in a written statement afterward, calling it “a cheap shot for controversy” — though she did conclude he statement with “love to Beyoncé anyway.”
Earlier in the evening on Monday Dj Khaled included a quick tribute to Aretha during his set asking the crowd to “send some love to Aretha Franklin before spinning her iconic hit “Respect.”” Aretha, 76, has been declining in health for the past few years. Since retiring from touring, Aretha last performed Nov. 7 at an Elton John AIDS Foundation events in New York City.
Her family continues to ask for “prayers and privacy” during this time.
Written By: Fantasia. H