Watch the livestream of Aretha Franklin's funeral celebration

Watch the livestream of Aretha Franklin's funeral celebration

Watch the livestream of Aretha Franklin's funeral celebration

"I just loved her", he said. He ended by playing her song "Think" on his phone.

SMOKEY ROBINSON: (Singing) I'll miss you, my buddy. "We really celebrate because we really recognize that those we call the dearly departed, they wouldn't want for us to cry and be sad and sorrowful".

Floral arrangements from such singers as Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett and from the family of Otis Redding, whose "Respect" Franklin transformed and made her signature song, were set up in a hallway outside the sanctuary.

After her performance, Grande laughed at Ellis' comment, hugged him and told the crowd, "I love you, Aretha" before leaving the podium.

Two other former presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, did not attend the ceremony but their tributes were read out to mourners. At least one of the singer's attorneys says he urged her repeatedly over the years to draft one.

"In the long run, they were both fighting for the same cause, which is freedom", Seniors said of Parks and Franklin.

Aretha Franklin performs in concert at Radio City Music Hall on February 18, 2012, in NY.

Aretha Franklin, otherwise known as the Queen Of Soul, died on August 16 aged 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

More news: Hundreds pay respects as Aretha Franklin lies in state

Her body arrived early Friday in a 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse. The gold dress is the fourth outfit Franklin has worn during a week of events leading up to her funeral. Franklin's father, C. L. Franklin, was a prominent minister who organized one of the largest civil rights marches in Detroit. In the case of "Respect", the royalties go to the estate of Otis Redding, even though the song owes almost all its popularity to Franklin. "I know you'll be watching me from the windows of heaven... Even when we would fuss".

Later, one of Franklin's grandchildren spoke to and of his famous grandmother. On Thursday night, a sold-out tribute concert was held at Detroit's Chene Park Detroit Amphitheatre. His proposal was seconded by Brenda James, city council president.

"It is my goal and my aim to ensure that people leave here with some kind of spiritual awakening", Ellis said.

"I would imagine she probably felt she was entitled to more, but probably received more than a lot of artists from the time, especially African-American artists", Wilson says.

Grande - who joined a star-studded list of performers that included Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, and Jennifer Hudson - was asked to sing at the funeral after Franklin's family was moved by her emotional rendition of "Natural Woman" on The Tonight Show earlier this month.

Bill Clinton described himself as an Aretha Franklin "groupie", saying he had loved her since college.

"We need to make love great again", Wonder said.

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