Ariana Grande to perform at Aretha Franklin's funeral

Rosalie Gross
August 31, 2018

Fans began to line up in the middle of the night on Wednesday, too.

CECELIA MCPHERSON: Beautiful - she looked beautiful.

But at least one song recorded by Franklin never saw release at all, at least during her lifetime.

This is wild! Chaka Khan - a 10-time Grammy victor and as well-seasoned a performer as anyone in the biz - says she's got butterflies about performing at Aretha Franklin's funeral.

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

Swanson Funeral Home's 1936 LaSalle hearse is parked outside the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Detroit.

On the second day of her public viewing, Aretha Franklin underwent an outfit change, wearing a pastel blue dress instead.

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"I know people think two weeks is a long time to arrange all this, but it's really not with all that has to be done", Owens said.

Isiah Thomas has been friends with the late Aretha Franklin since the 1980s when he was drafted by the Detroit Pistons.

Green said Franklin's attire and pose communicated both power and comfort, as she did in life.

"Grande recently paid tribute to Franklin alongside The Roots on "The Tonight Show", where she performed "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman". "I say, 'No, but I grew up with her!'" Ms Jones said.

"She meant everything to Detroit, I'm telling you", said Gail Ford, 53.

Indoor and outdoor playlists:"Be aware that throughout the day, Aretha's upbeat music will play outside [the Wright Museum], but gospel music will play inside, per museum staff and family wishes", says a city government tweet.

"I would like it if we could take a moment of silence so that every single one of us could reflect on our love and respect for her", she continued.

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