Beyoncé Dedicates Detroit Concert to Ailing Aretha Franklin

Brenda Watkins
August 14, 2018

The "Queen of Soul" captivates on "The Andy Williams Show" on May 4, 1969.

When Aretha performed at the Wang Theatre in 2009, Lydia had just landed her first law firm job and bought a couple tickets to the show.

"She will be so missed as a mother, sister, friend, cousin".

"It was attractive. The audience was incredibly diverse, all ages".

"She stepped right up at the beginning of the concert and dedicated it to her, and [we're] hoping and praying that Aretha makes it", concertgoer Selam Sanders said.

The soul singer has been dogged by reports of failing health for years and appeared frail in recent photos, but she has kept her struggles private. Her final public performance was in Philadelphia in August 2017.

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Meanwhile, fellow artists and musicians have been paying tribute to the singer in sending thoughts and wishing her a speedy recovery.

"Her legacy is larger than life. I can't think of a more American singer than Aretha Franklin". "Aretha's dead",'" he said. She sang at Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral. She has performed at the inaugurations of three presidents: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Franklin has 44 Grammy nominations and 18 wins. In her decades-long career, her hits spanned the genres, from soul to R&B, gospel and pop. "Thankxxx for your concern,"(sic) she added.

"This a year ago or so she's been challenged health wise but her spirits were high, always high, and her faith was always strong".

According to CNN, Aretha is in hospice care at her home, where she is being looked after by health professionals, friends and family. "She always had the pulse of what women were dealing with".

She's alert, laughing, teasing, able to recognise people. "She's wonderful", Washington said. Those are momentous moments beyond the black community.

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