On the same day that the Queen of Soul is being laid to rest in Detroit, the men who guard the Queen of London played their own tribute to Aretha Franklin. The guest list included Franklin's fellow musicians, famous actors, religious leaders and politicians, including former US President Bill Clinton. "Throughout the pain, she gave us the joy and said "Let's make love great again", Wonder said.
While not among the official list of performers, Robinson also sang a few bars from his ballad "Really Gonna Miss You", visibly moving some of Franklin's family members.
Bill Clinton described himself as an Aretha Franklin "groupie", saying he had loved her since college.
"She lived with courage".
They're here to celebrate Aretha: a woman who put Detroit on the map, a woman who set the bar for African Americans, a woman who demanded respect and won it the world over, whose music was a call to arms for women and civil rights.
"Remember your family, and friends that have been with you for years", Moten told the men.
"Accompanied by her fiance Pete Davidson, Grande traveled to Detroit to attend the ceremony and perform one of Franklin's signature hits, "(You Make Me Feel Like) "A Natural Woman," which she previously sang on the "Tonight Show" on August 16 shortly after Franklin's death.
A statement from former President George W. Bush that was read to the crowd said Franklin would "continue to bring joy to millions for generations to come". Her granddaughter Victorie Franklin said when she was young, she didn't recognize the fame of a woman others consider music royalty.
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Bishop Ellis and Franklin's pastor, the Rev. Robert Smith Jr., led a solemn procession of the casket inside the church. Williams' eulogy was met with a mixed reception, with some people showing support but others seeming to think he was off-topic.
Sharpton read a letter from former President Barack Obama, who honored Franklin's legacy and her impact on the country.
"It's just my grandma.' Nothing sounded better to me than the way my grandma sings". Sharpton took to the pulpit to laud Franklin for providing the soundtrack of the movement, with songs such as her signature 1967 hit "Respect".
The Rev. Jasper Wiliams Jr., pastor emeritus of Salem Bible Church in Atlanta, gave a fiery eulogy of almost 50 minutes that decried black-on-black violence and touched on challenges and responsibilities within the community.
Among those honouring Franklin Friday are about two dozen owners of Pink Cadillacs who arrived at the church early Friday.
Early in the ceremony, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced his intention to propose naming Chene Park, a 5,000-seat waterfront amphitheater, after Franklin, a move that drew huge cheers from those in attendance.
"I'm sad today, because I'm losing my friend. You showed the world God's love, and there's nothing more honorable".