If it weren’t for the legendary Aretha Franklin, there may not have been a Taylor Swift. So it’s only fitting that the biggest pop star in the world pay tribute to the Queen of Soul.
While performing for thousands of people at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, Taylor took a moment to honor Aretha, who passed away on August 16 at the age of 76.
“Aretha Franklin did so much for music. She did so much for women’s rights, she did so much for civil rights,” Taylor said from the stage. “She was one of those people where no matter what you said, no matter what glowing positive thing you said about her, it would be an understatement. Words could never ever describe how many things she did in our lifetime that made our world a better place. And this is her home. I would like it if we could have a moment of silence so that every single on of us could reflect on our love and respect for her and everything she did in her life.
With that, the lights went down, and fifty thousand fans remained silent for almost a full minute in tribute to the legendary singer.