Aretha Franklin’s funeral fit for a queen

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                    Speakers include Bill Clinton and Rev. Jesse Jackson

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

Powerhouse performances by Faith Hill, Ariana Grande, and Jennifer Hudson brought the thousands of people in attendance to their feet. "I was like, 'How are you a real person?' It's an honor to have met her, and we're gonna celebrate her".

Greater Grace Temple is calling on people with pink Cadillacs to line up before the funeral in an effort to create a "Freeway of Love" in tribute to Franklin.

The star gave her final performance last November at a gala in NY held in aid of the Elton John Aids Foundation. "She made important and lasting contributions to American music with her gospel-inspired style and distinctive voice", read a letter from W. and his wife. "She worked for us", said Sharpton.

Following Franklin's death on August 16 at the age of 76, Trump paid tribute by saying, "She worked for me on numerous occasions".

The church's choir sang Franklin's "Say a Little Prayer" and her version of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" as mourners arrived.

"It's better than Inauguration Day!" said Theresa Cranford, 62, a retired auto worker, in reference to Barack Obama's investiture.

She was awarded America's highest civilian honor by President Bush in 2005. "She took the gift God gave her and she kept getting a little bigger everyday", said Clinton, playing a snatch of her singing "Think" on his cell phone.

In this photo from November 9, 2005, United States president George W. Bush presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civil award, to singer Aretha Franklin (L) as actor Andy Griffith (R) watches at the White House. On the show, Grande recounted her memories of meeting Franklin, saying, "I met her a few times. It's just my grandma", she said. She hit every single note with precision!

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