Ariana Grande led Today’s Musical Tribute to Late Aretha Franklin

 

Arianna Grande led what is to be hours-worth of musical and personal tributes to Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, on Friday. She was the first of many A-listers to sing or speak in memory of Franklin, who died aged 76 from pancreatic cancer earlier this month. The Detroit icon arrived in a gold plated coffin in the 1940s hearse that carried Rosa Parks and her father, and was led down her final red carpet into the Greater Grace Church, where thousands stood outside hoping to get in. Friday’s star-studded service is expected to last up to five hours, with Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar and Chaka Khan expected to be among the performers, while Former president Bill Clinton, Rev Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson all speaking.

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