Star-studded funeral honours Aretha Franklin

31 August, 2018, 16:53 | Author: Miranda Cannon
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16, at her home in Detroit.

Former president Bill Clinton and Smokey Robinson are among those due to address her six-hour, invitation-only funeral at the Greater Grace Temple.

The singer has returned to the church where her father was once the pastor, and where she first began singing in the gospel choir, before she began her road to stardom aged 14.

Hudson's performance is highly anticipated - producer Harvey Mason Jr. told the gossip site that Franklin was excited about the biopic a week before she died on August 16.


Hundreds more queued outside New Bethel Baptist Church for a third day of public viewings.

The street outside Greater Grace will be lined with pink Cadillacs - a nod to Franklin's funky '80s tune, 'Freeway of Love, ' which prominently featured the vehicle in the lyrics and video.

The funeral will start with music from the Aretha Franklin Orchestra, but also includes performances by Faith Hill, Ariana Grande, the Clark Sisters, Chaka Khan, Ron Isley, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, and Stevie Wonder. "It's truly inspiring to see how many hearts, how many people my grandma has touched", said Victorie Franklin. "Death is a part of life". "We used to talk about that - we saw a lot of soldiers go".

A tribute concert, starring The Four Tops, Angie Stone and Regina Belle was also hosted on Thursday evening in her honour. The gold dress is the fourth outfit Franklin has worn during a week of events leading up to her funeral.

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