Jennifer Hudson Gives Electrifying Performance Of ‘Amazing Grace’ At Aretha Franklin’s Funeral

01 September, 2018, 08:43 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
  • Besides a social media uproar Williams heard resistance at the funeral itself

The singer performed gospel classic "Goin' Up Yonder" at Aretha Franklin's funeral in Detroit on Friday, and she kept a big blue folding fan within sight the entire time.

The singer, known as the Queen of Soul, died earlier this month of pancreatic cancer.

Gladys Knight is paying tribute to her friend, Aretha Franklin.

A tribute concert, starring The Four Tops, Angie Stone and Regina Belle was also hosted on Thursday evening in her honour.

Friday's service is expected to last up to five hours, with Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar and Chaka Khan expected to be among the performers, while Former president Bill Clinton, Rev Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson will all speak.

Watch a livestream of the funeral below. "No, she used to perform for you".

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"I'm so proud of you, I know you'll be watching me from the windows of heaven and I promise to carry our family legacy with pride", said Franklin's grandson Jordan, tearing up. "It was more like us supporting each other", she recalled of their rise to fame.

"It's better than Inauguration Day!" said Theresa Cranford, 62, a retired auto worker, in reference to Barack Obama's investiture. "Aretha never took orders from nobody but God".

She wore a shimmering gold dress, with sequined heels - the fourth outfit Franklin was clothed in during a week of events leading up to her funeral. "I have no words, so I will let the Queen say it!"

Aretha Franklin had admirers all over the world, but she made Detroit her home.

Pink Cadillacs - some having been driven across the country - parked en masse outside the church, expected to follow her cortege to the cemetery where she is to be buried alongside her father and siblings.

She was awarded America's highest civilian honor by President Bush in 2005. She hit every single note with precision!

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