Aretha Franklin funeral: Ariana Grande performs Natural Woman tribute

Aretha Franklin funeral: Ariana Grande performs Natural Woman tribute

Aretha Franklin's funeral fills church with prayers and stars* Fans mourn Aretha at gospel-infused public viewing * The Queen Of Soul died aged 76 at her home in Detroit.

Franklin is expected to make her final journey in the same ivory 1940 Cadillac LaSalle that transported the body of her father in 1984, and that of civil rights icon Rosa Parks in 2005.

Obama, in a statement read by the Rev. Al Sharpton, hailed Franklin for reflecting "very best of the American story".

Detroit regards Franklin as royalty. Among the high profile guests were Whoopi Goldberg, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Ariana Grande, T.D. Jakes, Jennifer Holliday, boxer Tommy Hearns, Motown star Martha Reeves, Jesse Jackson Rep. Maxine Waters and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan were all spotted. 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. On the show, Grande recounted her memories of meeting Franklin, saying, "I met her a few times". And while no one could claim Hill's rendition of "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" (which Hill has performed many times before) wasn't passionate and honest, it seemed nerves got the better of her Friday. "And there were other people who called us wanting to participate". He said they "talked all the time", the last just a couple weeks before she became too ill to speak. The Lord tells us where we are going and tells us when we are coming.

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Troops from the British Army's Household Division performed Franklin's 1967 hit "Respect" for attendants of the annual Changing of the Guards Ceremony on Friday morning.

Ariana Grande celebrated Aretha Frankin's life and legacy on Friday (August 31) with a powerful tribute at the late singer's funeral service.

"It's the key to freedom", Clinton said.

Owens said Franklin loved fiercely and was the family's matriarch. "We were both little girls, and I say little girls even though, you know, we have, like, three or four years between us, but we had that same road to go and over the years I saw her grow and hopefully she saw me grow", she said.

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