Beyonce honours Aretha Franklin at Detroit concert

Toby Graves
August 14, 2018

Franklin's music is at the center of an annual tribute to soul music called "Dancin' in the Street, Motown and More".

"I saw her a week ago Friday and we talked for about 45 minutes to an hour", Tim told PEOPLE.

The 36-year-old singer later added, "We love you and thank you for all the handsome music". "They have not only asked for prayers during this time, but they have also asked for their privacy".

Franklin, 76, was hospitalized in Detroit on Sunday, according to Showbiz411.

Beyonce performed alongside her husband Jay-Z at Ford Field and gave a shout out to Franklin early in the concert, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Franklin won 18 Grammy awards and dozens of other awards in her lengthy career.

The "Queen of Soul" is in hospice care at her home, a source close to the singer told CNN's Don Lemon.

Tim added: 'She is sick [but her family are] trying to keep her spirits up and go from there.

She was forced to deny she had pancreatic cancer in 2011, later admitting to having had a tumour removed and has previously struggled with alcoholism, obesity and a heavy smoking habit.

'We believe she'll pull through it, she believes she'll pull through it, and that's the important thing'. "She brought soul music to life".

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.

"She was flawless symbolically for that moment in time where she could speak to so many parts of America because she was that critical bridge between civil rights, religion and pop culture", McGuffey said.

And in January 2009, Franklin sang at Barack Obama's presidential inauguration.

The "Natural Woman" singer cancelled a number of concerts previous year and admitted in February 2017 that her touring days were coming to an end.

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