Published: Sat, September 01, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Aretha Franklin funeral: Ariana Grande performs Natural Woman tribute

Aretha Franklin funeral: Ariana Grande performs Natural Woman tribute

(Khan is every woman, but that doesn't mean she has to know every lyric!) Franklin's lengthy ceremony also featured performances from Ariana Grande, Fantasia, Faith Hill, The Clark Sisters, and more.

Among the singers and speakers, former USA president Bill Clinton, 72, took to the stage and paid tribute to Aretha in a moving speech.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson comforted actress Cicely Tyson and Franklin's family members comforted one another.

The high-profile status of Aretha Franklin's funeral has been circling the press cycle since news first broke of her death.

Bishop Charles Ellis III, the officiant, exhorted the congregation at the Greater Grace Temple, as the choir and orchestra swayed behind him.

"Other heartwarming performances included "Rock Steady" by Regina Belle, "Woman" by Raheem DeVaughn, "Chain of Fools" by Angela Davis, "Thank You, Aretha" by Jenifer Lewis, and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Cherri Black.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to show that Franklin's funeral will be held at Greater Grace Temple, not New Bethel Baptist Church. 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. "But they would want us to celebrate their lives because they transitioned from this life to a better one". She heard I was there and she summoned me back.

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On the same day as Aretha Franklin's funeral, passers-by were treated to a rendition of the Queen of Soul's iconic hit "Respect".

The funeral is the capstone on what has been a long national celebration and mourning of her enormous legacy and talent.

The Grammy Award-winning tune was played by the Band of the Welsh Guards outside of Her Majesty's London residence during the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

At the time of her death on August 16, Franklin was 76.

"She was only about four years older than me, five years older than Hillary, so when we're getting out of college was when she finally got her big breakthroughs", Clinton said.

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

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