Aretha Franklin's gospel roots celebrated at Queen of Soul's funeral

Aretha Franklin's gospel roots celebrated at Queen of Soul's funeral

Aretha Franklin's gospel roots celebrated at Queen of Soul's funeral

Singer Chaka Khan performs at the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Aug. 31, 2018.

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

And Victorie Franklin said that "the best feeling in the world" was hearing her grandmother sing.

"Laura and I are deeply saddened by the loss of the 'Queen of Soul, ' Aretha Franklin".

Remembering Franklin's "breathtaking talent", Bill Clinton called her "the voice of the century".

While delivering a speech at Aretha Franklin's grand send-off, Rev. Al Sharpton aimed some spicy words at President Donald Trump. Have you ever been to see the Changing of the Guards?

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".

"She gave us pride", Sharpton said during his remembrance.

Gladys Knight is paying tribute to her friend, Aretha Franklin.

Davis said Franklin loved Detroit and living in the city of Detroit. The tribute is a nod to Franklin's funky '80s tune, "Freeway of Love", which prominently featured the vehicle in the lyrics and video. So, if we were anywhere near where we were going to be playing, she would just show up.

Jackson, who has Parkinson's disease and is in his late 70s, spoke slowly as he stood in front of the gathered mourners on Friday.

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. The funeral included performances from Ariana Grande, Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill and Jennifer Hudson. Some of her songs include "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", "Midnight Train to Georgia", "I've Got To Use My Imagination" and "If I Were Your Woman".

But it didn't matter who was or wasn't famous - everyone had come together to say their last goodbyes to a woman and an artist who had a profound impact.

"I've been wishing and hoping that I will wake up and that this is just a dream", she said.

Franklin died of pancreatic cancer on August 16, closing the curtain on a glittering six-decade career that spanned gospel, R&B, jazz, blues and even classical music, and turned her into a natural resource in MI, where she stayed all her life.

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recalled when Franklin sang "America" at the farewell ceremony after his term.

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