Ariana Grande beautifully belted 'Natural Woman' at Aretha Franklin's funeral

Cristina Cross
September 3, 2018

My mum loved to dance not so much my Dad.

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"Because black lives do matter, because all lives do matter and if we love God then we know truly that it is our love that will make all things matter, when we make love great again". "Aretha commanded respect. She deservedly received it and also made it possible for others".

"She gave us pride", Sharpton said during his remembrance. There was the occasional Fela and Bobby Benson.

The formal part of the service stretching almost eight hours, the celebration of the life and legacy of the United States icon was packed with gospel, eulogies, music and sermons. By now my own musical influences and interests were growing.

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

The multi-day celebration ending in Aretha Franklin's funeral on Friday is over. This is all about Aretha Franklin. "I say a little prayer for you".

David J. Bennett, a lawyer who worked for Franklin, did not respond to messages seeking comment. "She had the voice of a generation, maybe the voice of a century". "She lived with faith".

"Remember your family, and friends that have been with you for years because you are about to meet a lot of people who will now want to be your new best friend". May your gentle soul rest in peace Amen. Franklin sang for Nelson Mandela in Detroit after he was released from prison.

Franklin's niece Sabrina Owens, who was to read an obituary, told CNN the funeral service would pay homage to Franklin's gospel roots and her love of the church. "Not without failure, but overcoming her failures". A truly historic book with attractive drawings. At the funeral, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said for more than half a century, Aretha's family had a huge impact on the city. "Come where the dewdrops of mercy shine bright". As they passed, they saw the singer's body dressed all in gold, with a long sequin gown and high heels to match her gleaming gold casket.

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Stevie Wonder performed a virtuoso harmonica solo and a rendition of his hit "I'll Be Loving You Always". In Aretha's relationships there was also abuse. "She was amazingly blessed".

"Aretha was on the battleground for 60 years", Jackson told the audience. He said they "talked all the time", the last just a couple weeks before she became too ill to speak. "There are very few singing stars who could get away with such a small degree of personal exposure and still retain their popularity" notes Bego.

In an interview with ET earlier this week, Knight reflected on her and Franklin's similar rise to fame.

Respect: The Life and Times of Aretha Franklin. She sang for presidents, to former ones.

Twitter also had plenty of jokes about Davidson's presence at the funeral, with people puzzling over why, besides being Grande's plus-one to the event, he got an invitation in the first place.

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