Aretha Franklin (1942 – 2018) was affectionately called “the Queen of Soul.” Blessed with an incredible voice, she was a giant of soul music. Franklin’s signature song was her version of Otis Redding’s “Respect,” released in 1967. Her many hit songs included “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Women,” “Freeway of Love,” and “Rock Steady.”
Here are a few of the speeches and performances we are expecting:
- Former President Bill Clinton will deliver remarks. Others expected to speak include former US Attorney General Eric Holder, the Rev. Al Sharpton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rep. Brenda Lawrence.
- A eulogy by Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr., pastor of Salem Baptist Church.
- Remarks will be delivered by local and state officials, including Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Detroit City Council president Brenda Jones, City Council member JoAnn Watson, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.
- Franklin's family will speak. Her niece, Sabrina Owens, will deliver Franklin's obituary; and Vaughn, Cristal, Victorie and Jordan Franklin will pay tribute to her legacy. Edward Franklin will perform a family musical tribute.
- There will be speeches by Franklin's famous friends, including actor and director Tyler Perry, actress Cicely Tyson, music producer Clive Davis, singer Smokey Robinson and Detroit Pistons player Isaiah Thomas.
- A slew of musical tributes by Faith Hill, Ariana Grande, the Clark Sisters, The Williams Brothers and Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Alice McAllister Tillman, Audrey DuBois Harris, Pastor Shirley Caesar and Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, Chaka Khan, Ron Isley, Fantasia Barrino-Taylor, Bishop Paul Morton and Yolanda Adams, Bishop Marvin Sapp and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir, Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder joined by National Artists and Jennifer Holliday and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir.