Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Ariana Grande Beautifully Belted 'Natural Woman' At Aretha Franklin's Funeral

Pastor Charles Ellis speaks as he stands with singer Ariana Grande after she performed at the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at the Gre Pastor Charles Ellis speaks as he stands with singer Ariana Grande after she performed at the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at the Gre
Rosie Leonard | 01 September, 2018, 08:45

Friday's service is expected to last up to five hours, with Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar and Chaka Khan expected to be among the performers, while Former president Bill Clinton, Rev Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson will all speak. While it was unclear what exactly he meant by saying Franklin worked for him, Trump could have been referring to performances by Franklin at Trump's casinos in the 1980s and 1990s.

Franklin died August 16 of Queen of Soul at 76. "It was more like us supporting each other", she recalled of their rise to fame.

Her body arrived early Friday in a 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse.

Program covers showed a young Franklin, with a slight smile and sunglasses perched on her nose, and the caption "A Celebration Fit For The Queen".

On a more personal note at the funeral, Franklin's granddaughter, Victorie Franklin, said she knew Franklin more as a grandparent than a musician. Large bouquets of pink, lavender, yellow and white flowers flanked her casket.

They filed past and paid their respects at Franklin's open casket, where they saw her wearing a sparkling full-length gold dress with sequined heels - her fourth and final outfit of the week.

"Aretha Franklin rocked the world of anyone who had the pleasure of hearing her voice, whether bringing people together through thrilling intersections of genres or advancing important causes through the power of song, Aretha's work reflected the very best of the American story", said the letter in part. On Thursday night, a sold-out tribute concert was held at Detroit's Chene Park Detroit Amphitheatre. His proposal was seconded by Brenda James, city council president.

Greater Grace's Bishop Charles Ellis III says he wants all - even the famous - to leave with a "spiritual awakening".

Grande performed Franklin's hit "Natural Woman" - but her performance was overshadowed by a moment from Bill Clinton that has gone viral online. Her rep told ET, however, that Knight "does not have pancreatic cancer".

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