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Stevie Wonder, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson & More to Perform at Aretha Franklin’s Funeral
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Details surrounding Aretha Franklin’s funeral services are confirmed, and so is the musical lineup of stars set to perform in her honor.
Public viewings of the late Queen of Soul will take place at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit next Tuesday and Wednesday (Aug. 28 and 29) while a star-studded list family and friends will gather at Greater Grace Temple on Friday (Aug. 31) at 10 a.m. in Detroit.
According to Detroit Free Press, the 19 singers that have been tapped to perform during Franklin’s services “were longtime friends and collaborators” of the 76-year-old singer.
Performers include Fantasia, Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder and more.
For those who don’t know, J Hud was “handpicked” by Franklin to star in her upcoming biopic, so it’s only right that should would be performing during the services. Stevie and Aretha were friends for years, so much so that he hopped on a flight to Detroit to check on the Queen after news broke of her health Monday, August 13.
Greater Grace Temple’s Bishop Charles H. Ellis III of Greater Grace will officiate the funeral service with the assistance of Rev. Robert Smith Jr. of Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church as co-officiant. The eulogy will be delivered by the Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. of Atlanta's Salem Baptist Church.
Hearts will be heavy as dignitaries and Hollywood’s elite come together to say farewell to the Queen.
Full List of Performers
The Clark Sisters
The Williams Brothers
Vanessa Bell Armstrong
Audrey DuBois Harris
Alice McAllister Tillman
Aretha Franklin Orchestra
Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir