Aretha Franklin show goes on

December 15, 2008 7:12:53 AM PST
Organizers say Aretha Franklin has given a holiday benefit concert for members of the military after missing a Times Square award presentation hours earlier.

A spokesman for the concert organizers says the Queen of Soul went on as scheduled Sunday night at the Nokia Theatre, performing "New York, New York," a medley of military tunes and her classic "Respect."

It's unclear why Franklin didn't show up to receive the Torch of Freedom Award earlier Sunday in Times Square. Messages left with her publicist were not immediately returned.

The award was given by the Soldiers', Sailors', Marines', Coast Guard and Airmen's Club.

The evening concert was sponsored by the club and, an online compendium of entertainment and tourist information.