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Beyonce pays tribute to bankrupt Detroit, Michigan

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Jul 22, 2013 | 11:37am EDT

Singer Beyonce paid tribute to fans in struggling Detroit, Michigan with a video montage at her concert in the city on Saturday (20Jul13). The Love On Top hitmaker performed a cover of Sam Cooke's A Change Is Gonna Come and displayed a series of iconic scenes and famous faces from the city, including Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Eminem and Kid Rock. A spokesperson tells Billboard.com, "This was a unique tribute to the history of an incredible city and a celebration of the strong spirit of its people." R&B powerhouse Aretha Franklin also reacted to news officials in her hometown had declared bankruptcy, insisting she's confident Detroit will bounce back. She said, "(Detroit is) bankrupt monetarily...we are well-funded in spirit and what it takes to come back. Between new and dynamic leadership with the Big Three (auto companies), the private sector and a little help from (Washington) D.C., Detroit's best and most glorious days are still ahead." Officials in Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy on Thursday (18Jul13), citing $19 billion in debt. It's the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

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