Liam Gallagher pays tribute to Aretha Franklin at Rize Festival

"She had the best voice in the universe"

Liam Gallagher has paid an emotional tribute to Aretha Franklin during his headline slot at Rize Festival yesterday (August 17).

The singer dedicated Oasis classic ‘Live Forever’ to the soul legend, who passed away earlier this week (August 16) after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Franklin was 76.

Earlier in his headline set, Gallagher said Franklin “had the best voice in the universe” whilst images of the late star also appeared behind Gallagher during a performance of the Beady Eye song ‘Soul Love.’

Meanwhile, Tributes for Franklin continue to pour in, with the singer’s family saying they were “deeply touched” by the “incredible outpouring” of support they had received.

In a statement, Franklin’s family said: “We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

Ariana Grande also paid tribute to Franklin earlier this week, dedicating a cover of ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’ to the star on the Jimmy Fallon show.

Speaking about Franklin to Fallon, Grande said: “It’s an honour to have met her and we’re going to celebrate her.”

The NME obituary of Franklin said the star leaves behind “a canon of inspirational soul music to rank amongst the most influential and impactful in history.”