Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour stopped Tuesday night at Ford Field and the "Look What You Made Me Do" singer spoke on her admiration for Franklin.
Franklin and Swift shared many moments together over the years, like when Aretha sang happy birthday to the young star back in 2014.
"She did so much for music, she did so much for women's rights ... she did so much for civil rights," Swift, adding "Words could never ever describe how many things she did in her lifetime that made our world a better place, and this is her home."
Swift then had the lights turned off and held a moment of silence for the late singer. Hours earlier, Franklin's body was lying in repose at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History her public memorial.
Franklin's funeral is scheduled for Friday, where eulogies will be given by stars like Bill Clinton and Cicely Tyson.