Published: Sat, September 01, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Stars, dignitaries mourn Aretha Franklin at Detroit funeral

Stars, dignitaries mourn Aretha Franklin at Detroit funeral

Pink Cadillacs filled the street early Friday outside Detroit's Greater Grace Temple, and hundreds of fans lined up as they awaited the funeral of Aretha Franklin, who was dressed in a sparkling gold dress for her final outfit. The Twitterverse went insane when Grande struggled with fixing her dress right before she took the mic to sing Franklin's iconic women empowerment anthem "Natural Woman".

Earlier in the week, mourners paid their respects during her public viewing at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Franklin's body was brought to the church in a white hearse that carried the body of her father, minister C.L. Franklin, in 1991 and civil rights leader Rosa Parks in 2005; and like them, she will be buried in Detroit's Woodlawn Cemetery.

Former US President Bill Clinton plays an Aretha Franklin song on his phone during Franklin's funeral at Greater Grace Temple on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Watch her performance here!

Ariana Grande was one of the first performers to sing following country singer Faith Hill. "We will have never known a Queen like this; we will have never known the joy she gave to us", Wonder said. "I have no words, so I will let the Queen say it!"

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

"It's better than Inauguration Day!" said Theresa Cranford, 62, a retired auto worker, in reference to Barack Obama's investiture.

In this photo from November 9, 2005, United States president George W. Bush presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civil award, to singer Aretha Franklin (L) as actor Andy Griffith (R) watches at the White House.

She was voted the greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.

Bush had previously awarded Franklin the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest civilian honor - in 2009.

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