Aretha Franklin's funeral fit for a queen

Jordan Franklin, Aretha Franklin's grandson, is comforted by Victorie Franklin as he speaks at the funeral service for Aretha Franklin t the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., August 31, 2018.

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton accompanied her husband to the service.

"She lived with faith, not without failure, but overcoming her failures".

Floral arrangements from such singers as Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett and from the family of Otis Redding, whose "Respect" Franklin transformed and made her signature song, were set up in a hallway outside the sanctuary. Large bouquets of pink, lavender, yellow and white flowers flanked her casket.

Bishop Charles Ellis III, the officiant, exhorted the congregation at the Greater Grace Temple, as the choir and orchestra swayed behind him.

The singer looked awkward during the exchange but laughed it off. "Girl, I gotta give you all your respect", he said before asking the crowd for another round of applause.

She was voted the greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone magazine and for African American women in particular was a role model and a benchmark for success, feminism and empowerment. 'I mean, we have absolutely no control over that.

Pink Cadillacs - some having been driven across the country - parked en masse outside the church, expected to follow her cortege to the cemetery where she is to be buried alongside her father and siblings. She was dressed in a sparkling full-length gold dress with sequined heels for her final outfit - the fourth outfit Franklin has worn during a week of events leading up to her funeral. No, she used to perform for you.

Franklin performed at Clinton's 1993 presidential inauguration.

The line brought the majority of attendees at Greater Grace Temple to their feet for whoops and long applause, more than nearly any moment during a service that saw plenty of ovations for the many performances and speakers.

Another music legend, Gladys Knight, is revealing she's battling pancreatic cancer. and Gladys says she and her friend Aretha Franklin discussed it the last time they spoke.

Barbara Sampson read a statement from former President George W. Bush, saying that Franklin would continue to inspire future generations.


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