Watch the livestream of Aretha Franklin's funeral celebration

31 August, 2018, 17:17 | Author: Norman Carr
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Franklin's funeral will begin at 10 a.m. and will be live-streamed online.

As announced last week by her longtime publicist, stars like Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill and Ariana Grande are among the lineup scheduled to perform at the ceremony and pay their respects to the one-of-a-kind artist.

Speakers include Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, city council president Brenda Jones, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, former president Bill Clinton, Al Sharpton, Tyler Perry, Clive Davis, Smokey Robinson, Isaiah Thomas, and more.

See the full list HERE.

The iconic singer, who died earlier this month of pancreatic cancer at 76, received almost every major award one could receive during her lifetime. 16, at her home in Detroit.


Franklin won 18 Grammy awards and was feted for her civil rights work, raising money for the cause and uplifting activists with her anthems. "I think it's going to be a very jubilant service", Bishop Charles Ellis, the officiating pastor, said this week. She sang at both of his inaugurations. On Thursday night, a sold-out tribute concert was held at Detroit's Chene Park Detroit Amphitheatre.

Among those honouring Franklin Friday are about two dozen owners of Pink Cadillacs who arrived at the church early on Friday.

"There are some girls who haven't been born yet. who will be inspired by Aretha", he said.

Aretha Franklin is dressed in a sparkling full-length gold dress with sequined heels for her final outfit. "I love her. She was my longest friend". But he says the focus still has to be squarely on the Queen of Soul.

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