Watch the livestream of Aretha Franklin's funeral celebration

Tonya Becker
August 31, 2018

Bishop Ellis plans to celebrate her life in a respectful, godly manner.

Jennifer Hudson - who will play the late Queen of Soul in an upcoming biopic - will belt out "Amazing Grace" at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, while Ariana Grande will perform Franklin's iconic ballad "Natural Woman", according to a setlist obtained by TMZ.

Aretha passed away at the age of 76 after battling pancreatic cancer.


LeBron James will one of the many celebrities in attendance for Aretha Franklin's funeral.

More than 100 pink Cadillacs, a nod to her 1985 hit "Freeway of Love", will reportedly line up outside the church.

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


Her granddaughter Victorie Franklin thanked the crowds, saying: "It's truly inspiring to see how many hearts, how many people my grandma has touched". "Death is a part of life". "My family have been listening to her for a long time", said Felicia Christian, a 41-year-old teacher who got in despite not having a ticket after arriving hours early. "I think there will be some up hands clapping and feet dancing".

Aretha Franklin has been moved to the Bethel Baptist Church for the final day of the public viewing in Detroit - the church where she first began singing. "We used to talk about that - we saw a lot of soldiers go".

Thursday, a tribute concert took place nearby at Chene Park Amphitheater with The Four Tops, Gladys Knight and more performing for fans. It was the third outfit she has been given since her open coffin has been on display, with a red dress and matching heels on Tuesday and a blue outfit on Wednesday.


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