Aretha Franklin Funeral: Ariana Grande Performs Stirring Rendition of 'A Natural Woman'
Grande performed before an audience that included Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Rev. Al Sharpton.
It was a star-studded affair at Aretha Franklin’s funeral Friday in Detroit.
Stevie Wonder, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Bill and Hillary Clintons, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Cicely Tyson, Whoopi Goldberg, Tyler Perry, Jesse Jackson, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson and others attended the service fit for the “Queen of Soul.”
Ariana Grande belted out the Franklin classic, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" for a fitting sendoff to the American icon.
Grande wasn’t the only performer, as Faith Hill, the Clark Sisters, Chaka Khan, Ronald Isley, Fantasia Barrino, Stevie Wonder, were some of the major names who sang in tribute to the Motown legend.
Aretha Franklin was laid to rest in a sparkling gold gown with matching shoes.
Franklin’s services were held at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple.
The singer died earlier this month at 76 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
"She gave us pride," Sharpton said during his eulogy about Franklin. "And she gave us a regal bar to reach, and that's why we're all here.
"We don't all agree on everything," he added. "But we agree on Aretha."
Sharpton also read a letter he received from President Obama, who was unable to attend, about Franklin’s legacy on America.
"In the example she set both as an artist and a citizen, Aretha embodied those most revered virtues of forgiveness and reconciliation," Obama wrote.
"While the music she made captured some of our deepest human desires, namely affection and respect, and through her voice, her own voice, Aretha lifted those of millions, empowering and inspiring the vulnerable, the downtrodden and everyone who may have just needed a little love."
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan also spoke at the service and said that he wants to rename the city’s Chene Park after Aretha Franklin. He is sending a proposal to city council Tuesday to do so.
Before the ceremony started Friday, all the big names and stars had a chance to mingle before paying their "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" to Franklin.
Broadway’s Jennifer Holliday spoke to Inside Edition about the late singer.
"In one way she was a great queen and in other way she said she was the lady next door," Holliday said.
Prior to the service, there was a fleet of pink Cadillacs to escort the music legend out in style.
Pink was her favorite color, and hundreds of pink roses also surrounded her casket inside the church.
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