Aretha Franklin’s funeral fit for a queen

Toby Graves
September 1, 2018

Grande - who joined a star-studded list of performers that included Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, and Jennifer Hudson - was asked to sing at the funeral after Franklin's family was moved by her emotional rendition of "Natural Woman" on The Tonight Show earlier this month. Unfortunately, Gladys Knight has revealed that she, like Aretha Franklin, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Floral arrangements from singers such as Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett and from the family of the late Otis Redding, whose "Respect" Franklin transformed and made her signature song, were set up in a hallway outside the sanctuary.

A tribute concert, starring The Four Tops, Angie Stone and Regina Belle was also hosted on Thursday evening in her honour.

Jesse Jackson and former President Bill Clinton attend the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at Greater Grace Temple, Aug. 31, 2018, in Detroit.

Watch a livestream of the funeral below.

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Robinson ended his time on stage by saying to Franklin, "I will love you forever".

"Aretha never took orders from nobody but God", Sharpton said. Franklin's name and the title "Queen of Soul" are embroidered into the champagne-colored velvet lining the interior.

In this photo from November 9, 2005, United States president George W. Bush presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civil award, to singer Aretha Franklin (L) as actor Andy Griffith (R) watches at the White House. For African American women in particular, she was a role model and a benchmark for success, feminism and empowerment.

They are a nod to her 1985 hit "Freeway of Love", an anthem to her Motor City hometown, in which Franklin sang about the auto, made by a company founded in Detroit in 1902.

Franklin's final days have been treated as a royal goodbye.

She sang at three presidential inaugural events: inauguration concerts for President Jimmy Carter in 1977 and President Bill Clinton in 1993.

She was awarded America's highest civilian honor by President Bush in 2005.

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