Aretha Franklin’s Funeral To Include Performances By Ariana Grande And Stevie Wonder

Aretha Franklin will be honoured at Chene Park Amphitheater in Detroit on Thursday starting at 6 p.m. ET.

“A People’s Tribute to the Queen” will feature dozens of performers paying tribute to the Queen of Soul.

Following Thursday’s tribute concert, Franklin will be laid to rest on Friday during a six-and-a-half-hour-long funeral (we will be streaming it live right here).

A schedule of events obtained by ET Canada outlines plans for her memorial.

The funeral program has been revealed
The funeral program has been revealed

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The funeral will open with a viewing featuring recorded songs by Franklin. Personal reflections will be scattered throughout the event, including one by Tyler Perry, as will musical performances.

Franklin will lie in state at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on both Tuesday, August 28 and Wednesday, August 29, the singer’s publicist Gwendolyn Quinn confirmed. Fans can pay their respects to Franklin before the private, family services commence.

Franklin’s private funeral will take place on Friday at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, only open to family and friends.

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Fittingly, the late singer will be remembered through music, with CNN reporting that artists including Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams and Jennifer Holliday to perform at the funeral. Ariana Grande was added on August 28 to the all-star lineup of performers.

Following the service, the legendary singer will be entombed at the famous Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, where her father Rev. C.L. Franklin, brother Cecil Franklin, sisters Carolyn and Erma Franklin and nephew, Thomas Garrett were laid to rest.

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is scheduled to speak at the homegoing service, as are Eric Holder, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, Smokey Robinson, Clive Davis, and Cicely Tyson.

Later this year, Franklin will be honoured at an all-star tribute concert organized by iconic music industry exec Clive Davis. Tentatively titled “Clive Davis Presents: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin”, the concert is set to take place Nov. 14 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The concert had been in the works prior to Franklin’s death; the lineup of performers has yet to be announced.

Franklin died at the age of 76 after a battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family when she passed at her home in Detroit.

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