Royalty Recognizes Royalty: Beyoncé Dedicates Detroit On The Run II Concert to Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin performs onstage at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Commemorates Its 25th Year And Honors Founder Sir Elton John During New York Fall Gala at Cathedral of St. John the Divine on November 7, 2017, in New York City.
Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris (Getty Images)

You know our collective hearts stopped on Monday when reports started circulating that the iconic Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is gravely ill and apparently in hospice care.


The news quickly spread, prompting everyone to pour out their love and thoughts and prayers for the singer.


And because game recognizes game, and royalty recognizes royalty, it only made sense that Beyoncé and Jay-Z would dedicate their performance from the On The Run II tour in Detroit, the icon’s hometown, to the living legend herself.


“This show is dedicated to Aretha Franklin,” Beyoncé reportedly said as she opened the show at Ford Field. “We love you and thank you.”


DJ Khaled, who was opening for Bey and Jay, also played one of Aretha’s hits, “Respect,” to the crowd’s delight.


“Make some noise for Aretha Franklin!” the producer told the crowd who cheered.

Our thoughts are with you Queen Aretha!

News Editor at The Root, animation nerd, soca junkie, yogi

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