Tyler Perry mediated the love of Hometown at a Thursday Tribute Concert to Celebrate the Legendary Aretha Franklin

"There is no place in the world that could send anyone to Detroit, Michigan," Perry told a boisterous crowd in the city's Chene Park. "Aretha looks down at the floor, smiling."

The film director was one of many celebrity guests on a festive night on the banks of the River Detroit when the Queen of Souls, who grew up in the city calling her home, was honored with a warm and vibrant musical tribute. Detroit singers and dancers were featured in an event broadcast to audiences around the world via an online stream.

It was a beautiful summer night on the eve of Franklin's funeral, and the informal, cozy atmosphere enhanced the community and family feel of the event.

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"Respect."

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