Taylor Swift Honors Aretha Franklin With Moment Of Silence At Detroit Gig

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Swift told a sold-out crowd at Detroit's Ford Field on Tuesday that Franklin did so much for music, women's rights and civil rights.

Outside the museum, she said: "I know people are sad, but it's just celebrating - people dancing and singing her music". Swift said words could never describe how many things Franklin did that made the world a better place.

Swanson Funeral Home Director O'Neil Swanson II said Franklin will receive new outfits for another viewing Thursday at New Bethel Church and for her funeral Friday. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade - our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. We love you Aretha'.

Franklin, one of the most celebrated singers in American history, died of pancreatic cancer on August 16 at the age of 76.

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

The singer was chosen as one of the performers because the late "Queen of Soul" had met her and praised her when they performed at the White House in 2014.

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

Franklin will lie in repose at the museum for another day-long public viewing today. According to Page Six, the singer was clad in a pastel blue dress with matching shoes, a wardrobe change from her red dress and heels she had been wearing on Tuesday.

Former President Bill Clinton, Tyler Perry, Rev. Al Sharpton, and the Detroit Mayor and Michigan Governor are also scheduled to speak at the Friday service. Although it's not for the public to attend, it will be streamed online and on TV.

At the end of the Delta Sigma Theta ceremony, Franklin's sorors filed past her polished bronze casket to say goodbye in a final act of sisterhood.

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