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Ariana Grande sings at Aretha Franklin service

Ariana Grande sings at Aretha Franklin service

Mourners got a glimpse of the Queen of Soul before her funeral Friday during an open casket viewing at the Greater Grace Temple. The former president was having a jolly time watching the pop star give her musical tribute to "The Queen of Soul".

"We saw all of our other close friends go", Robinson said.

Rolling Stone magazine included Gladys in its list of 100 greatest singers. with good reason.

Former preisdent Bill Clinton memorialized Aretha Franklin as a woman with "breathtaking talent" who kept on charming audiences despite her illness.

Duggan, the Detroit mayor, took to the pulpit and said he wanted to rename the city's Chene Park after Franklin, and that he was sending a proposal to the City Council to do so.

Singing a Franklin classic in front of the late icon's family and friends was no doubt a daunting task, but Grande handled it with grace, keeping her usual verbal gymnastics in check to deliver a attractive, faithful rendition.

Davis said Franklin was kind and thoughtful, genuinely amusing and had a great sense of humor. Okay, we see you, Bill!

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As the last of Franklin's family members took their seat, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, who officiated the service, asked the congregation to stand and applaud them. "She worked for us", he continued, citing Franklin's commitment to feminism and civil rights.

Faith Hill performed the classic gospel song "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" during Aretha Franklin's funeral on Friday morning (Aug. 31). The Pink Cadillacs outside refer to a Franklin hit from the 1980s, "Freeway of Love".

"Our handsome waterfront jewel will be Aretha Franklin Park, and when performers from generations to come from around the world come here, they will be reminded they are performing at the home of the 'Queen of Soul, '" he said.

Dignitaries attending Friday's service include Clive Davis, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Holliday.

Organizers told CNN the service was to touch on Franklin's significance to her friends, family and fans. Hey, we'd probably have the same reaction too if we had a front row seat to all the music legends that showed up to pay their r-e-s-p-e-c-t at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan! "I know in my heart that you're happy now and that's all that I care about", he said. "And there were other people who called us wanting to participate".

Franklin, who died earlier this month at age 76, began singing in her father's church before she became a national name. "She said, 'You know how I am with my bank account!"

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