Ariana Grande Will Sing At Aretha Franklin's Funeral
By Paris Close
August 29, 2018
The Sweetener singer will honor the Queen of Soul at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit this Friday (August 31), the Associated Press reports. The 25-year-old joins Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Chaka Khan and a whole host of Franklin's beloved peers previously confirmed to sing melodies in Franklin's memory.
The "Light Is Coming" star considered the legendary icon a hero of hers. In the wake of her death, Grande memorialized Franklin with an emotional rendition of the chanteuse's famous hit "Natural Woman" on Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Watch the performance that ended with Grande mourning in tears:
Grande and Franklin were previously acquainted in March 2014 when the songbirds performed together at then-President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama's "Women of Soul" concert event. Per AP, the late vocalist's rep Gwendolyn Quinn said Franklin "enjoyed meeting Grande at the time."
Franklin passed from pancreatic cancer in Detroit on August 16 at age 76. She was reported to have been "gravely ill" in the days preceding her death, however, the soloist was surrounded by family during the final moments of her life.
As of late, fans have been memorializing the departed songstress at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, where public viewings of Franklin's body are taking place.
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