Stevie Wonder Closes Aretha Funeral With Moving Performance

Besides a social media uproar Williams heard resistance at the funeral itself

She worked her can off to get where she was. "You're so special", he said, before crooning a few lines from his song "Really Gonna Miss You". "Taking the stage at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple, Grande brought her A-game to a moving performance of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", a beloved hit from the Queen of Soul, who died earlier this month at age 76 after battling pancreatic cancer.

Anything for the Queen of Soul.

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

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

Franklin's gold-plated casket stood on a white-clothed platform, flanked by enormous blooms of lavender, cream and pink roses, in the center of a church packed with smartly dressed mourners.

An arrangement from singer Sam Moore included a card that read, "You know I always adored and loved you to bits and pieces ..."

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A tribute concert, starring The Four Tops, Angie Stone and Regina Belle was also hosted on Thursday evening in her honour.

The casket was carried to the church that also took Franklin's father, the renowned minister C.L. Franklin, and civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks to their final resting places at Woodlawn Cemetery, where the singer will join them.

Greater Grace's Bishop Charles Ellis III says he wants all - even the famous - to leave with a "spiritual awakening". Among the gospel voices expected to fill Greater Grace include Marvin Sapp, the Clark Sisters and Vanessa Bell Armstrong. "No, she used to perform for you". The 74-year-old somberly told local news station WDIV (Channel 4) that in an intimate moment between the two of them before Franklin passed, Knight disclosed that she "had the same disease" as her dear friend. You felt every word, every note, every emotion in the songs she sang.

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"After all she gave to the world, I felt we needed to give her an appropriate send-off that would match her legacy", Owens said.

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