Stevie Wonder Closes Aretha Funeral With Moving Performance

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                    Bishop Charles Ellis said the service would be a'Celebration of Life

Singer Chaka Khan performs at the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Aug. 31, 2018. While it was unclear what exactly he meant by saying Franklin worked for him, Trump could have been referring to performances by Franklin at Trump's casinos in the 1980s and 1990s.

From the cascade of pink Cadillacs, to the fashion, to the performances and short sermons-the celebration of Franklin's life and legacy was definitely fit for the Queen of Soul. By 1968, she was officially anointed the "Queen of Soul" when deejay and music promoter Pervis Spann placed a crown on her head at Chicago's Regal Theater.

The crowd at Franklin's funeral cheered, with some people standing up.

They filed past and paid their respects at Franklin's open casket, where they saw her wearing a sparkling full-length gold dress with sequined heels - her fourth and final outfit of the week.

Franklin's gold-plated casket stood on a white-clothed platform, flanked by enormous blooms of lavender, cream and pink roses, in the center of a church packed with smartly dressed mourners.

Gladys Knight is paying tribute to her friend, Aretha Franklin. An arrangement from singer Sam Moore included a card that read, "You know I always adored and loved you to bits and pieces".

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Detroit has plans to honor one of its most famous residents.

A tribute concert, starring The Four Tops, Angie Stone and Regina Belle was also hosted on Thursday evening in her honour. His proposal was seconded by Brenda James, city council president. "This is not a concert, this is not a show, this is not an awards production".

Of course, some get-down and lift-up need not be mutually exclusive.

Another performer, gospel artist Marvin Sapp, expects "an eye-opening experience".

Sabrina Owens, Franklin's niece, told the AP she started putting thoughts to paper about events earlier this year as her aunt's health failed. She hit every single note with precision!

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