Watch Ariana Grande Perform at Aretha Franklin’s Funeral
31 August, 2018, 22:56 | Author: Heather Diaz
Since Franklin's August 16 death at 76, Owens said a close group she described as "Aretha's angels" have "worked tirelessly" and have been guided by a single question: "What would Aretha want?"
In addition, the service will feature several prominent speakers, including former president Bill Clinton, former US attorney general Eric Holder, pastor of The Potter's House Bishop T.D. Jakes and president of the Rainbow P.U.S.H.
Aretha Franklin'sfuneral service in Detroit on Friday drew some of music's brightest stars and a sprinkling of political figures for a proper send-off for the "Queen of Soul". The 25-year-old, who met Franklin several times, had fought back tears belting out the legend's classic ballad "You Make Me Feel (Like A Natural Woman)" before sharing some happy memories of the diva with Jimmy Fallon.
Among those performing tributes for Franklin, aside from Grande and Wonder, will be Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia and Jennifer Holliday.
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Franklin's white hearse arrived more than two hours before the service was scheduled to start.
Since Franklin's death, Owens said a close group she described as "Aretha's angels" have "worked tirelessly" and been guided by a single question: "What would Aretha want?" The tribute was a nod to Franklin's 1985 hit "Freeway of Love" in which she sang, "We goin' ridin' on the freeway of love in my pink Cadillac". Thousands of fans paid their last respects to the "Queen of Soul" on Tuesday at Detroit's Charles H Wright Museum of African American History. "We will never see another Aretha Franklin again, never".
'There are some girls who haven't been born yet. who will be inspired by Aretha, ' he said.
A processional of Franklin's family and other loved ones filled the aisles. Her niece, Sabrina Owens, will provide the obituary and Franklin's relatives-Vaughn, Cristal, Victorie and Jordan Franklin-will offer family reflections.
"We really haven't had much of an opportunity to have private moments", Owens said. "She was a full-service queen".
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