Aretha Franklin’s Funeral To Include Performances By Ariana Grande And Stevie Wonder

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The legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, recorded a song in 2007 that has finally been released on Wednesday - hear it here.

Still a diva even in death, Aretha Franklin was wearing a different outfit when she arrived at the Detroit museum Wednesday morning for Day 2 of her public viewing. There, they found Franklin in her bronze casket in a sheer light blue dress and matching shoes, a change from the red outfit she wore on Tuesday.

The singer's gold-plated open coffin was placed on display for hundreds of grief-stricken fans at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. A funeral for Franklin will then be held Friday at the Great Grace Temple in Detroit.

Thousands of fans paid their respects at the open, golden casket of the USA music icon and "Queen of Soul", who lay in state at the Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History on Tuesday and Wednesday. The 57-year-old Detroiter says, "I wanted to see her again".

Swift told a sold-out crowd at Detroit's Ford Field on Tuesday that Franklin did so much for music, women's rights and civil rights.

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Franklin was 76 when she passed away on August 16 at her residence in Detroit, following a prolonged illness.

In the evening a free concert honoring Franklin's life is to kick off at 6pm at the Chene Park Amphitheatre, an outdoor riverfront arena in downtown Detroit that has 5,000 seats and 1,000 lawn spaces.

The funeral is strictly for family and friends of the singer, and music superstars Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson are among those set to perform. "I'm OK - I'm going to rest now, '" Mills said.

Swift continued, "She was one of those people, no matter what you said, no matter what glowing, positive thing you said about her, words could never ever describe how many things she did in her lifetime that made our world a better place".

She said the Queen of Soul was "a singer of the universe".

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