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The Stars Pay Last Respects to Aretha Franklin

8 Hour Long Gala Event

Aretha Franklin is known as the “Queen Of Soul” and she definitely was respected as a queen by even presidents. Her farewell song was a collection of stars lining up to pay tribute to her.

Click the play button above to watch a video about the evolution of “The Queen”.

THE STARS SHED LIGHT ON THE QUEEN

(WWETV News) Earlier in the week, Aretha Franklin made headlines with her viewing by having a gold casket and also change of outfits for the public to see. Former President Bill Clinton also made mention that he was in anticipation to see what his friend would wear on this occasion when all the stars would show up to pay tribute to her.

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ARETHA FRANKLIN, who died earlier this month age 76, will forever be known for her once in a lifetime voice and her humanitarian deeds throughout the world.

We found out this day that “Aretha groupies” included people such as Bill and Hilary Clinton as so proudly stated by the former president of the United States in his speech about the Detroit native. He also gave a touching memo about her last public performance where he stated that she told her audience not to worry about her health and to enjoy the show she was going to give them.
Clinton added that Franklin, who performed at his first inauguration in 1993, “lived with courage” and “cared about broken people.” “I just loved her,” he said.
She continued to get praise from former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush also wrote letters that were read during the service.
“She made important and lasting contributions to American music with her gospel-inspired style and distinctive voice,” Barbara Sampson on behalf of the former President Bush.
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“Aretha lifted those of millions, empowering and inspiring the vulnerable, the downtrodden, and everyone who may have just needed a little love.”

The first black president (although the Bishop made comment during the ceremony that some use to say Bill Clinton was the first black president in the 1990’s due to his affiliations with the African American community) Barack Obama stated his opinions on the songstress with the quote above also from a letter.

Jennifer Hudson awed the audience and proved why she is a multiple time Grammy award winner. She will also be playing Aretha Franklin in her biopic.

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Jennifer Hudson above is with Aretha Franklin at The Jacobs Theater on Dec. 15, 2015 in New York City.  She is a good choice as she has won an Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG award for best supporting actress her first starring role as Effie White in 2006’s Dreamgirls.

She didn’t disappoint in proving that she has the voice to play the legend as she belted out the gospel classic “Amazing Grace” with such power.

The legend Stevie Wonder also showed up to give a tribute to his long time friend. Wonder came up the ranks as Aretha Franklin was also rising in the music world during the 1960’s.

The funeral ceremony of course had to have gospel since that was the background of Aretha Franklin. Her father was a popular preacher in the 1960’s and it was only fitting that Shirley Ceasar who many claim is the greatest gospel singer ever gave a stirring performance to help sendoff “The Queen Of Soul”.

The Clark sisters talked about performing with Franklin at the Grammys and helped in celebrating her life. They want everyone “to keep the queen in their hearts” as they also awed the audience.

It was certainly an event that crossed generations as Ariana Grande performed the classic song “Natural Women” in front of an audience that some in attendance saw Aretha Franklin perform in her prime.

It was truly a historic event for a historical figure in the American music canon. Of course the event did not get excluded from the new era of internet memes that included Ariana Grande and the bishop.

“It would never be my intention to touch any woman’s breast … I don’t know, I guess I put my arm around her,” Ellis said. “Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologise.”

Bishop Charles H. Ellis III led Franklin’s funeral and awkwardly greeted Grande on stage after she performed the song.

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Many people posted closeup images of the moment on Twitter, tagging it #RespectAriana.

Ellis also apologised to Grande for making a joke about seeing her name on the programme and thinking it was a new item on the Taco Bell menu.

“I personally and sincerely apologise to Ariana and to her fans and to her whole community,” Ellis said. “When you’re doing a programme for nine hours you try to keep it lively, you try to insert some jokes here and there.”

All in all, it was a memorable day for all who attended and “The Queen” would be proud of all the performances and the respect that she was shown.