Beyoncé, JAY-Z & DJ Khaled Dedicate Detroit Concert to Aretha Franklin Amid Reports She’s “Gravely Ill”

On Monday night (Aug. 13), after reports emerged saying that Aretha Franklin was “gravely ill” and living her last days, Beyoncé and JAY-Z dedicated their “On The Run II Tour” concert in Franklin’s hometown of Detroit to the Queen of Soul.

After performing their first song, “Holy Grail,” at Ford Field, Beyoncé told the cheering crowd “This show tonight is dedicated to Aretha Franklin.” Queen Bey added, “We love you and thank you for changing all of our lives with beautiful music.”

DJ Khaled, who served as the opening act of Monday’s show, got the crowd excited when he played one of Franklin’s biggest hits, “Respect.” After playing the song, Khaled shouted: “Make some noise for Aretha Franklin” as the audience cheered.

The touching dedications came just hours after news broke that the iconic singer was dying of cancer.

CNN reported late Monday that Franklin is in hospice care, and Detroit news anchor Evrod Cassimy, who has been in touch with the R&B/Soul legend’s loved ones said she was being “surrounded by friends and family” and “asking for your prayers at this time.”

Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson are among the singer’s friends who have visited Franklin at her home in Detroit over the last few days, according to her publicist Gwendolyn Quinn. Mariah Carey tweeted that she was “praying for the Queen of Soul,” as did Ciara and Missy Elliott.

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Trey Songz Sued by Detroit Cop Who He Punched in the Face

Trey Songz is being sued by a Detroit cop who is accusing the singer of punching him in the face with a closed fist.

According to a lawsuit filed in Detroit’s federal court Monday (Jun 4), Songz was performing on stage in December 2016 when he became irate after concert organizers attempted to end his show early because it had run over its allotted time slot. During the performance, Trey said, “If a n**ga cut me off I’m going the f**k crazy…” And that’s exactly what he did.

Video footage from the night showed the singer throwing microphone stands, speakers and whatever else he could get his hands on off the stage before jumping off the stage and continuing his tantrum. A photographer, who is also suing, was hit in the head by one of the flying objects.

Sgt. Robert Avery of the Detroit police department said as he tried to take Trey into custody, the singer fought him and punched him in the face, causing the officer to fall to the ground and hit his head on the concrete.

The lawsuit states that Sgt. Avery fell to the ground and hit his head on the concrete, allegedly causing him to suffer visible bruising and swelling to his right temple, as well as a contusion to his left forehead. Avery says Trey, whose breath had “a strong oder of intoxicants,” also shouted F**k all y’all honkeys and f**k the police” and also yelled “f**k you cracker” at him.

Trey was eventually arrested and charged with assaulting, resisting and obstructing a police officer as well as aggravated assault. While being booked, police say Songz—who pled guilty to two counts of disturbing the peace—was very uncooperative and defiantly flashed a middle finger in his mugshot.

According to MLive.com, Songz apologized for his behavior when he appeared in a Detroit courtroom for his sentencing in August 2017.

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