02/14/2012 02:58 pm ET Updated Feb 14, 2012

Whitney Houston Death: Aretha Franklin Pays Tribute To Pop Star At North Carolina Concert (VIDEO)

Whitney Houston was considered by many the greatest pop singer of her generation, and last night, she was honored by the most highly regarded popular singer of the 20th century.

At a North Carolina concert, Franklin started to sing "I Will Always Love You," Houston's massive 1992 hit, before segueing into a gospel-tinged remembrance of the singer. "We want to say thank you for your music and legacy," she sang.

Both Houston and Franklin were signed to Clive Davis's Arista Records in the 1980s.

"I just can’t talk about it now. It’s so stunning and unbelievable," Franklin said on her Facebook page. "I couldn’t believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen. My heart goes out to Cissy, her daughter Bobbi Kris, her family and Bobby.”