Aretha Franklin’s funeral fit for a queen

31 August, 2018, 17:44 | Author: Kenneth Collins
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As she retrieved her bags from the auto, Chaka revealed that despite having been a working musician for more than 30 years, she's still nervous "as hell" to sing at Franklin's funeral.

The iconic singer, who died earlier this month of pancreatic cancer at 76, received almost every major award one could receive during her lifetime.

There'll be performances by Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan and more.

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. Thursday night, a concert in her honor was held in downtown Detroit.

Aretha Franklin's funeral is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with a processional. "I think there will be some up hands clapping and feet dancing".

TMZ caught up with the "I'm Every Woman" belter at the airport on her way to Detroit from Los Angeles.

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The invitation-only funeral at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple caps off a week of high-profile public viewings and tribute concerts.

More than 100 pink Cadillacs, a nod to her 1985 hit "Freeway of Love", will reportedly line up outside the church.

Her signature song, a feminist anthem, became a rallying cry as African-Americans rose up nationwide in the 1960s to fight peacefully for racial equality.

The event will be a star-studded affair, as the Queen of Soul has touched and inspired the lives of so many.

The world lost a queen and a bit of its soul with the passing of Aretha Franklin. "I love her. She was my longest friend". Among those offering words will be former President Bill Clinton, Jackson and Franklin's friend since childhood, Smokey Robinson. On Tuesday, she wore a red dress with matching heels and on Wednesday she was in blue.

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