Aretha Franklin laid to rest as Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande attend funeral

Aretha Franklin laid to rest as Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande attend funeral

Aretha Franklin laid to rest as Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande attend funeral

Franklin's body was dressed in gold and sequinned heels, with flower bouquets from close friends Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett greeting those in attendance.

She found her footing, though, and made it through, collecting an awkward hug from one of the officiants at Franklin's funeral. The tribute is a nod to Franklin's funky '80s tune, "Freeway of Love", which prominently featured the vehicle in the lyrics and video.

Some of the performers set to sing at Friday's funeral service, included Steve Wonder, Ariana Grande, and Chaka Khan.

In addition, the service will feature several prominent speakers, including former president Bill Clinton, former US attorney general Eric Holder, pastor of The Potter's House Bishop T.D. Jakes and president of the Rainbow P.U.S.H.

Barack called Franklin "one of a kind" and said he and his wife will keep Franklin's family in their thoughts. She wore a baby blue dress on Wednesday and a rose gold gown for a viewing Thursday at the Detroit church where her father was the longtime pastor.

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Reverend Al Sharpton got a standing ovation when he took a jab at president Donald Trump during Aretha Franklin's funeral on Friday.

Faith Hill honored Aretha Franklin by singing "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" during the Queen of Soul's funeral.

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".

Bishop Charles Ellis III of Greater Grace knows well of the boldface guest list and surrounding pomp and circumstance, but he has a higher mission in mind for a service that may well exceed five hours. 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.

"My husband said, 'Wouldn't it be awesome if we could have a sea of pink Cadillacs parked on Seven Mile Road to greet Ms. Aretha Franklin as she arrives?'" Ellis told NPR. "I love her. She was my longest friend".

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