Ariana Grande Belts Aretha Franklin Standard In Tiny Dress

Emmett Rice
September 1, 2018

President Bill Clinton came to Detroit Friday to speak at Aretha Franklin's funeral at Greater Grace Temple.

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.

The Queen's Guards paid tribute to the Queen of Soul on Friday morning as Aretha Franklin's 1967 hit was played outside of Buckingham Palace.

Former President Bill Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder and the Rev. Jesse Jackson were among the list of notable speakers during the six and one-half hour long service.

Her family wanted to keep the funeral service private to those closest to Franklin - though it will be streamed and portions broadcast by major networks - but worked to provide the singer's many fans an extended opportunity to say goodbye this week, Owens said. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

Clinton said he showed up early when he learned that Franklin was performing.

"I just loved her", Clinton continued. "She gave us a regal bar to reach", Sharpton said.

After finishing her performance, Grande attempted to leave the stage but the master of ceremonies, Charles H. Ellis III, called her back to the podium.

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The tribute is a nod to Franklin's funky '80s tune, "Freeway of Love, " which prominently featured the vehicle in the lyrics and video.

Franklin's funeral will begin Friday at 10 a.m. ET.at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit.

Though it sounds like a breach in royal etiquette, if Friday's memorial says anything, the family certainly did not hold that against her.

A whole host of global stars are expected to perform and give speeches at the funeral, including Ariana Grande, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson and more.

"She was only about four years older than me, five years older than Hillary, so when we're getting out of college was when she finally got her big breakthroughs", Clinton said.

"We really haven't had much of an opportunity to have private moments", Owens said.

Franklin's casket has been carried by the same classic 1940 LaSalle hearse that that also carried her father, prominent minister C.L. Franklin, and civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

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