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Aretha Franklin's funeral fit for a queen

Aretha Franklin's funeral fit for a queen

Chaka Khan performs during the funeral for Aretha Franklin at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan.

The funeral service, a celebration of Franklin's life and legacy, featured emotional tributes by high-profile politicians and civil rights leaders.

The Queen of Soul got the ultimate royal send-off Friday with a marathon funeral featuring moving performances and heartfelt tributes by a who's who of Hollywood. "She gave us a regal bar to reach", Sharpton said.

"Nothing sounded better to me than the way my grandma sings", she said.

Among those offering words will be former President Bill Clinton, Jackson and Franklin's friend since childhood, Smokey Robinson.

Franklin, affectionately dubbed "Lady Soul", "Soul Sister No. 1" and the "Queen of Soul" by critics and fans alike, starred in a number of ads, including a 1980s anthem for Chevrolet, which fell under the brand's national "Heartbeat of America" campaign.

Davis said every time he was with Franklin, whether professionally or personally, he knew she would be part of history.

Ariana Grande and the Rev. Al Sharpton have memorialized Aretha Franklin in words and song.

"I didn't know, especially this soon, that I would have to be say goodbye to you", he said.

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Bishop Charles Ellis the third, pastor of Greater Grace Temple, told the Associated Press before the service: "It is my goal and my aim to ensure that people leave here with some kind of spiritual awakening.This is not a concert, this is not a show, this is not an awards production". "It was more like us supporting each other", she recalled of their rise to fame.

Franklin, who died at her Detroit home from pancreatic cancer, began her musical career as a child singing gospel at the city's New Bethel Baptist Church. That's a nod to her funky '80s tune of the same name that prominently featured the auto in the lyrics and video.

"She performed for you", Sharpton said of Franklin, who had sung at Trump-owned venues.

"I just loved her", he said, adding that he was honored to have met her later in life.

Broadway's Jennifer Holliday spoke to Inside Edition about the late singer.

Powerhouse performances by Faith Hill, Ariana Grande, and Jennifer Hudson brought the thousands of people in attendance to their feet.

Franklin died at age 76 on August 16.

"There are some girls who haven't been born yet ... who will be inspired by Aretha", he said.

Friday's service will touch on Franklin's significance to her friends, family and fans, organizers told CNN. On the show, Grande recounted her memories of meeting Franklin, saying, "I met her a few times".


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