Aretha Franklin late to N.Y. event

Skips out on awards presentation, still performs

NEW YORK -- Organizers of a military benefit concert in New York say Aretha Franklin missed an award presentation but showed up for the main event hours later.

The Queen of Soul was a no-show when she was to receive the Torch of Freedom Award on Sunday in Times Square. The award was given by the Soldiers', Sailors', Marines', Coast Guard and Airmen's Club.

A spokesman for the concert organizers says Franklin went on as scheduled later at the Nokia Theatre. She performed "New York, New York," a medley of military tunes and her classic "Respect."

It's unclear why Franklin missed the earlier engagement. Her publicist didn't immediately return messages.