Beyoncé
7.21.2013

Beyoncé Dedicates ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ to Detroit

Beyoncé put a smile on the face of her Detroit fans when she paid tribute to the Motor City on her “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.” During her concert at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday night, the singer covered Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come,” dedicating it to the city, which filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection last week.

As she performed, the screen behind her displayed photos of Detroit landmarks and icons including Aretha Franklin, Aaliyah, Eminem, Anita Baker, Kid Rock, and Berry Gordy, Jr. The montage ended with the declaration “Nothing Stops Detroit!”

“This was a unique tribute to the history of an incredible city and a celebration of the strong spirit of its people,” Bey’s spokesperson told Billboard.

The song is not normally included in her set, but she did perform it in London at the “Chime for Change” concert.

Detroit’s debt is estimated at $18-20 billion, making it the largest bankruptcy filing for a city in U.S. history.

Watch a clip of Beyoncé’s dedication to D-town below.