Funeral Underway For The Legendary Aretha Franklin

Sep 01, 2018, 01:21
Funeral Underway For The Legendary Aretha Franklin

One special artist was Ariana Grande who arrived at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit to sing "A Natural Woman".

The song Respect was "a declaration from a strong confident woman who knows that she has everything". Reverend Jesse Jackson and former President Clinton are scheduled to speak at the ceremony.

"It's an honor to have met her and we are going to celebrate her", Ariana previously said of Aretha.

Singing a Franklin classic in front of the late icon's family and friends was no doubt a daunting task, but Grande handled it with grace, keeping her usual verbal gymnastics in check to deliver a handsome, faithful rendition. "She was rooted in the black church, she was bathed in the black church, and she took the black church downtown and made folks that didn't know what the Holy Ghost was shout in the middle of a concert".

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Franklin, who sang at the inaugurations of three Democratic presidents - Jimmy Carter, Mr Clinton and Barack Obama - was an American institution.

Barbara Sampson read a statement from former President George W. Bush, saying that Franklin would continue to inspire future generations. Before the golden casket was closed, Franklin's body could be seen dressed in gold sequins.

Massive crowds lined up outside the church, hoping for the chance to pay their respects and take their seats among the star-studded funeral-goers that included Franklin's fellow musicians, famous actors, athletes, religious leaders and a former US President.

Friday's service will touch on Franklin's significance to her friends, family and fans, organizers told CNN.

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The service will reflect Franklin's strong gospel roots.

"We started out as Aretha groupies", Clinton began, speaking of himself and his wife.

The singer died at her home in Detroit, Michigan, at the age of 76 after suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer.

Franklin won 18 Grammy awards and was feted for her civil rights work, raising money for the cause and inspiring activists with her anthems.

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Mayor Mike Duggan announced at the service that he meant to have the city's riverfront Chene Park renamed in Franklin's honour.