Published: Fri, August 31, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Aretha Franklin’s Funeral To Include Performances By Ariana Grande And Stevie Wonder

Aretha Franklin’s Funeral To Include Performances By Ariana Grande And Stevie Wonder

Taylor Swift offered Aretha Franklin some R-E-S-P-E-C-T on Tuesday night in Detroit.

No cameras were allowed inside her public viewing, but Franklin was dressed in a glittering blue chiffon gown and silver pumps for her Wednesday audience of thousands.

Ahead of her funeral on Friday, the star's body was put on display in a gold coffin at the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History in her home town of Detroit.

A funeral for Franklin will be held on Friday, according to Rolling Stone, and will be broadcast live, at least in part by WDIV-TV, WJBK-TV, and WXYZ-TV, all of them local Detroit TV stations. Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill, Chaka Khan, Ronald Isley, Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, The Clark Sisters and Marvin Sapp are among the 19 artists scheduled to perform at the family-and-friends-only service.

The world lost a legend on August 16 when the great Aretha Franklin passed away at age 76 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Just as Franklin's more than six decades of music wrought emotions out of her fans, so too did her viewing.

Her signature song, "Respect" - recorded as a feminist anthem - became a rallying cry as African Americans rose up nationwide in the 1960s to fight peacefully for racial equality.

In the evening a free concert honoring Franklin's life is to kick off at 6pm at the Chene Park Amphitheatre, an outdoor riverfront arena in downtown Detroit that has 5,000 seats and 1,000 lawn spaces.

"I think it's going to be a very upbeat service".

Outside the museum, she said: "I know people are sad, but it's just celebrating - people dancing and singing her music".

"I would like it if we could take a moment of silence so that every single one of us could reflect on our love and respect for her", she continued.

Asked her thoughts about other performers, she had kind words for Adele's talent, but of Swift she said, "OK, great gowns, attractive gowns".

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