Ariana Grande Beautifully Belted 'Natural Woman' At Aretha Franklin's Funeral
Sep 01 2018
"It makes Melania feel awful that Donald is not welcome or invited to Aretha's funeral as well as McCain's funeral and then to hear about speakers making subtle jabs at her husband while speaking at Aretha's funeral only makes things worse".
As he wended his way through the need for more African Americans to return to church and more men to return to their families, the heat turned up online, with younger people declaring rhetoric such as that of Williams is why they left their churches to begin with. The Pink Cadillacs outside refer to a Franklin hit from the 1980s, "Freeway of Love". "Even when we would fuss".
Rev. Sharpton was one of dozens of special guests invited to the star-studded celebration in remembrance of the Queen of Soul.
Notable attendees at the funeral included Smokey Robinson, Al Sharpton and Bill Clinton.
The funeral will start with music from the Aretha Franklin Orchestra, but also includes performances by Faith Hill, Ariana Grande, the Clark Sisters, Chaka Khan, Ron Isley, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, and Stevie Wonder. The very same 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse that carried her father and Rosa Parks at their funerals transported Franklin to the Greater Grace Temple.
Bishop Charles Ellis III exhorted the congregation. "This is not a concert, this is not a show, this is not an awards production. This is a real life that has been lived".
He said he was privileged to have been present for her last public performance, at an AIDS benefit event organized by Elton John that took place at the largest church in New York City. "Now I want y'all to help me correct President Trump, to teach him what it means", he said to applause.
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"While the music she made captured some of our deepest human desires, namely affection and respect, and through her voice, her own voice, Aretha lifted those of millions, empowering and inspiring the vulnerable, the downtrodden and everyone who may have just needed a little love".
"We knew we wanted to have certain gospel artists like the Williams Brothers and Pastor Shirley Caesar", Owens said.
"Aretha was electrifyingly intuitive", Davis said.
Friday's service will touch on Franklin's significance to her friends, family and fans, organizers told CNN.
The crowd grew louder, its ranks bolstered by the powerful voices of Gladys Knight, Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan, Shirley Caesar and Ariana Grande, who came to pay musical tribute to Franklin following her death on August 16 at age 76.
"We shared the fact that we had the same disease", Knight told Detroit'sWDIV-TV as she entered the Detroit church for the funeral.