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Ariana Grande performs powerful tribute to Aretha

Ariana Grande performs powerful tribute to Aretha

"God bless you, Aretha".

Mr Clinton entered the church with his wife Hillary to loud applause and stood quietly by Franklin's open casket before the service started.

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". She was dressed in a sparkling full-length gold dress with sequined heels for her final outfit - the fourth outfit Franklin has worn during a week of events leading up to her funeral. Some fans were admitted into the church to sit behind Franklin's family.

Cristal, Victorie, Jordan and Vaughn Franklin speak during Aretha Franklin's funeral at Greater Grace Temple.

Gladys Knight has revealed she is suffering from "the same disease" as the late Aretha Franklin. We grew up together. "She worked for us", he said.

He continued, " While the music she made captured some of our deepest human desires, namely affection and respect, and through her voice, her own voice, Aretha lifted those of millions, empowering and inspiring the vulnerable, the downtrodden, and everyone who may have just needed a little love".

Addressing an audience filled with musicians, actors, religious leaders, politicians and other family and friends, Clinton stressed that Franklin lived not only with courage, but faith and power as well.

Rev. Al Sharpton called out President Donald Trump on Friday during his eulogy at Aretha Franklin's funeral, providing one of the biggest reactions of an epic memorial service in Detroit that is still going on after more than five hours.

He praised her for the funding she gave to The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and for singing through tear gas during the civil rights fight.

"We knew we wanted to have certain gospel artists like the Williams Brothers and Pastor Shirley Caesar", Owens said.

Singing a Franklin classic in front of the late icon's family and friends was no doubt a daunting task, but Grande handled it with grace, keeping her usual verbal gymnastics in check to deliver a lovely, faithful rendition.

Viewings earlier this week at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and at Franklin's childhood parish, New Bethel Baptist Church, as well as an all-star tribute concert Thursday night, were all planned with the public in mind.

Franklin performed at Clinton's 1993 presidential inauguration.

Aretha died 2 weeks ago from pancreatic cancer.

"We really haven't had much of an opportunity to have private moments", Owens said.

"As gracious as the Queen Mother was, you know, Princess Diana was there and Prince Charles, Sammy suddenly said, 'But we also have royalty in America'". Our families were similar so we had things in common.

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