Published: Sat, September 01, 2018
Culture | By Wayne Carr

Aretha Franklin: Stars and fans gather for funeral

Aretha Franklin: Stars and fans gather for funeral

Aretha Franklin's music, life and impact on the world will be celebrated today starting around 10 the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, while fellow icons and A-list talent perform and speak in her honor.

The singer, known as the Queen of Soul, died earlier this month of pancreatic cancer.

In this photo from March 13, 1972, Aretha Franklin holds her Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blue performance of the song "Bridge Over Troubled Waters", in NY.

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The 36-year-old entertainer took to the stage to perform at the funeral service on Friday (August 31) held at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan.

Watch a livestream of the funeral below. Knight's performance comes just hours after she made headlines for seemingly revealing she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

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Letters from George W. Bush and Barack Obama were read out, praising her contribution to America.

"Ariana Grande sang one of the Queen of Soul's biggest hits, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", and Faith Hill performed "What a Friend We Have In Jesus". "It was more like us supporting each other", she recalled of their rise to fame.

She wore a shimmering gold dress, with sequined heels - the fourth outfit Franklin was clothed in during a week of events leading up to her funeral. Throughout her career, she won 18 Grammy Awards and was nominated 44 times. For African American women in particular, she was a role model and a benchmark for success, feminism and empowerment.

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The casket was carried to the church that also took Franklin's father, the renowned minister C.L. Franklin, and civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks to their final resting places at Woodlawn Cemetery, where the singer will join them. You felt every word, every note, every emotion in the songs she sang.

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