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Taylor Swift pays tribute to Aretha Franklin at Detroit show

Taylor Swift has paid tribute to Aretha Franklin (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Photo: AP/Press Association Images

Taylor Swift has honoured Aretha Franklin with a moment of silence during a concert in the Queen of Soul’s home town.

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.

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Swift said words could never describe how many things Franklin did that made the world a better place.

The pop star asked for a moment of silence so “every single one of us could reflect on our love and respect for her”.

After asking for the lights to go out, Swift said: “We love you Aretha.”

The public is paying respects to Franklin during a two-day viewing at a Detroit museum.

Franklin, who died on August 16, will be laid to rest on Friday.