Published: Sat, September 01, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Aretha Franklin funeral: Ariana Grande performs Natural Woman tribute

Aretha Franklin funeral: Ariana Grande performs Natural Woman tribute

Aretha Franklin's body was carried down her last-ever red carpet in her gold plated coffin on Friday morning as crowds gathered for the Queen of Soul's final farewell. "She had the voice of a generation, maybe the voice of a century. She's given us all so much to be proud of".

This is a real life that has been lived, that a person regardless of how famous she became no matter how many people she touched around the world, she still could not escape death. "To say I was humbled to be in her presence would be an understatement".

Family, friends, celebrities, politicians and more all got together at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan today to honour Aretha Franklin who passed away on August 16th.

"We started out not as a president, a first lady, a senator, a secretary of State", Clinton said at a funeral service in Detroit for the performer known as the "Queen of Soul".

He ended his time by playing Franklin's "Think" on his iPhone into the mic. "It's the key to freedom", he said.

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. "She worked for us". She sang "I Dreamed a Dream" at his 1993 inauguration and was back for another performance at his second inauguration in 1997, and Clinton awarded her a National Medal of Arts and Humanities in 1999. Her music, he said, "captured some of our deepest human desires, namely affection and respect". Mourners have visited the legendary singer at several public viewings this week, including at a Detroit church where her father was a pastor.

The line brought the majority of attendees at Greater Grace Temple to their feet for whoops and long applause, more than nearly any moment during a service that saw plenty of ovations for the many performances and speakers.

The tribute is a nod to Franklin's funky '80s tune, "Freeway of Love, " which prominently featured the vehicle in the lyrics and video.

Meanwhile, the 25-year-old's choice of funeral attire drew criticism on social media for being a bit too revealing for church.

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