The funeral service for Aretha Franklin at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple ends her week of honors with a live-streaming, full-time, music-filled ceremony.
It was a service full of music, prayers, reflections and emotions from a parade of names with bold names, from presidents to pastors. But it should not be a show, said Bishop Charles Ellis III. By Greater Grace
"It is my goal and goal to make sure that people with a spiritual awakening leave here," Ellis told reporters before starting the service. "This is not a concert, this is not a show, this is not an awards ceremony."
"This is a real life lived that a person no matter how famous they became, no matter how many people they touched the world she still could not escape death. "
Yet showbiz and the political world were well represented, with powerful performances by Ariana Grande, Faith Hill, Ronald Isley , Fantasia, Chaka Khan and Jennifer Hudson.
Gladys Knight made a surprise appearance towards the end and sang a medley of "You'll never go alone" (from the Broadway musical "Carousel" from 1945) and Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over." Troubled Water. "
And Stevie Wonder performed a rousing riff on a harmonica, followed by" I'll always love you. "19659013] Gladys Knight Performs at Graves' Ceremony for Aretha Franklin at Greate on Grace Temple in Detroit, August 31, 2018 ” width=”540″ data-mycapture-src=”” data-mycapture-sm-src=””/>
Gladys Knight performs at the funeral of Aretha Franklin at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, August 31, 2018. (Photo: Tannen Maury / EPA-EFE)
"We must make love great again ; that's what Aretha said all her life, "Wonder told the audience before asking her and the other performers to join him in" Always. "
" God bless you, Aretha! "Wonder exclaimed.
Jennifer Holliday stood up for the break and shouted, "Climbing High Mountains Tryin to Get Home".
Earlier, tributes from ex-President Bill Clinton, ex-Obama Attorney General Eric Holder, and singer Smokey Robinson came his Speech ended with a few lines from his song "Really Gonna Miss You".