Monday, 19 November, 2018

Aretha Franklin’s Funeral To Include Performances By Ariana Grande And Stevie Wonder

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Michele Schwartz | 31 August, 2018, 12:45

The God Is A Woman hitmaker joins a line-up of esteemed performers for Franklin's funeral including Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Chaka Khan and Jennifer Hudson.

She added that Franklin, who died on August 16 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76, also was "so unapologetically black - she was so proud of being a black woman".

A member of Delta Sigma Theta holds an Aretha Franklin tribute as they pay tribute to Franklin at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Detroit.

Completely befitting of the Queen of Soul's grace and pageantry, Aretha Franklin's final ride is in a stunning 1940 LaSalle hearse that previously carried her father as well as Rosa Parks.

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Owens said a group of family, friends and supporters dubbed "Aretha's angels" have worked tirelessly to pull it all together.

ELLIOTT: It's a royal blue satin hat with an oversized sequined bow on the front in the same style that Aretha Franklin wore when she sang at President Obama's inauguration.

"I think this is really doing her really good", said nurse Tremaine Townsend, 38, among the thousands who filed past Franklin's casket on Wednesday, thrilled by the four-day celebration.

"I was in talks with the family prior to her passing".

"We really haven't not had much of an opportunity to have private moments", Owens said. "When a lot of people got rich and famous, they left Detroit".

"We know that she would have wanted nothing but the best", Owens said.

"She was just so down to earth".

Following Thursday's tribute concert, Franklin will be laid to rest on Friday during a six-and-a-half-hour-long funeral (we will be streaming it live right here). "She had a smile on her face".

She said the singer looked lovely while lying in repose: "I don't know about red yesterday".

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