An all-star line up will be gathering at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit next week to pay more than a little respect to legendary singer Aretha Franklin.
Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill and Chaka Khan are just a few of the nineteen artists who will be performing at Franklin’s funeral, which will be held on August 31 in Detroit. Franklin, 76, died last week due to advanced pancreatic cancer.
Among the other artist set to perform are Jennifer Holliday, Ronald Isley, Fantasia, Pastor Shirley Caesar, The Clark Sisters, Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, Bishop Marvin Sapp, The Williams Brothers, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Audrey DuBois, Alice McAllister Tillman, the Aretha Franklin Orchestra, the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir, and Aretha’s son Edward Franklin .
Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson and more to perform at Aretha Franklin's funeralhttps://t.co/fY61mnz97L
— Z2C Radio (@Z2CR61) August 25, 2018
Franklin began her career as a gospel singer in her father’s baptist church and later achieved commercial success in 1966 with songs like “Respect”, “Chain of Fools”, “Think”, and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”
She was the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and during her career won 18 Grammys and had 88 Billboard chart hits.
A tribute concert for Franklin is being planned by music producer Clive Davis and is set to be held in Madison Square Garden in November.
After Franklin’s death on August 16th the world paid tribute to the iconic “Queen of Soul.”
Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace. pic.twitter.com/bfASqKlLc5
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 16, 2018
— Peggy DeOrio (@psdeorio) August 16, 2018
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— Amanda Mull (@amandamull) August 16, 2018
And fans thought it was fitting that the greats were coming out to honor the greatest.
— The Gayly (@thegayly) August 24, 2018
— Lynn Ellingwood (@lellingw) August 25, 2018
All great people!
— Broken Branch (@VLeeWalker2) August 25, 2018
In another tribute over 100 pink Cadillacs will line to route to Franklin’s funeral in honor of her Grammy Award-winning hit “Freeway of Love.”
Pink Cadillacs will line the route to Aretha Franklin’s funeral as celebrities pay homagehttps://t.co/EQamaP3ZAd
— Golden Resister (@rjcrock2003) August 25, 2018
The funeral will be private, but may have some limited public seating. Public viewings will be held August 28 and 29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.
Another tribute show featuring Johnny Gill, the Four Tops and Gladys Knight, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Angie Stone, Raheem DeVaughn will be held in Chene Park the night before the funeral.