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Aretha Franklin Funeral: Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Stevie Wonder, & More

Published: Sunday 26th Aug 2018 by Sam

In life Aretha Franklin enjoyed electrifying success and now, after her passing, the stage has been set for a dynamic send-off.

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The Queen of Soul passed away at 76 last week after battling pancreatic cancer and preparations are underway for her funeral.

And it’s set to be a star-studded affair.

In a statement to press, Franklin’s longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn confirmed that Jennifer Hudson will perform at the August 31st ceremony – which’ll take place at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan.

The news comes after it was revealed that the ‘Dreamgirls’ star was endorsed by Franklin to play her in a big-screen biopic.

Also on the bill are Fantasia, Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Ronald Isley, Chaka Khan, and Jennifer Holliday.

The service will also salute Franklin’s gospel foundation, with performances from gospel staples such as Yolanda Adams, The Clark Sisters, Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, and Marvin Sapp.

The send-off takes place a day before a public memorial and tribute concert at the Chene Park Amphitheatre in Detroit. For that event, Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, and Johnny Gill are among the names tapped to perform.

Suffice to say, the Queen will be fittingly honored by “sangers” aplenty.

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  1. Olusheyi August 26, 2018

    She deserves a wonderful send off because she was a wonderful artist. Rest in Peace Aretha

  2. The Wig Snatcher August 26, 2018

    I wish I could be there.

  3. Boytoy1814 August 26, 2018

    This is the way u do a tribute/send off 4 the Queen of
    Soul. Not the BS MTV did w/ Madonna.

  4. Tio August 26, 2018

    I feel like Jazmine Sullivan would do a better job playing her in a biopic

    • I HATE WHYYTE N BLACCK BITCHEZZZZ both not ish August 26, 2018

      Yoooooo, jasmine who blow Hudson out the water

    • SMH August 26, 2018

      Lol you’re both delusional.

    • The Wig Snatcher August 26, 2018

      Fantasia blows them both out the water effortlessly.

    • The Wig Snatcher August 26, 2018

      Jazmine Sullivan is overrated and is an overweight version of a Lauryn Hill knockoff.

      • Rasputia Lattimore August 26, 2018

        Aretha was overweight most of her adault life though.

      • Intro August 26, 2018

        Overweight?! Jazmine is looking quite good at a healthy weight these days, go look her up. Anywho, I’d say that jazmine is a more skilled vocalist than jennnifer. She’s got more range and personally I think her tone is more pleasing to the ears.

      • DanYiel Iman August 27, 2018

        Obviously you’re a hater and Jasmine Sullivan is bad she’s got her weight in order and isn’t looking bad, her man loves it!!👌🏽

  5. I HATE WHYYTE N BLACCK BITCHEZZZZ both not ish August 26, 2018

    Why did Barack have aretha sing on a side stage after Beyoncé. Who lip sung to a track before the queen of soul

    • Bravo!! August 26, 2018

      Attention seeker huh!? 👆🏿🖕🏿

      • I HATE WHYYTE N BLACCK BITCHEZZZZ both not ish August 26, 2018

        Its called respect

      • Hmmm… August 26, 2018

        Respect? Aretha was a person. Not a God. And I hope you know that she was not a real monarch either. Your casual referral to the former President of the United States as his first name only like he’s somebody off the street would be considered disrespectful before Aretha singing after Beyoncé would be. Calm down. You really went out of your way to pull up something that happened so many years ago just to have something negative to talk about.

    • Rasputia Lattimore August 26, 2018

      Barack has nothing to do with stage performance slots. Nice try at being messy but everyone knows that is the stage director’s job not the Presidents. Why don’t you be NICE for once you miserable b|atch!

  6. SNF August 26, 2018

    She deserves it.

  7. Seth August 26, 2018

    I want the Grammys to be only OGs paying proper tribute through words or song…Patti, Gladys, Chaka with an intro by Dionne, Diana and Cissy. Legends showing sisterhood and respecting one another despite any issues they might have had in the past. Those mentioned above and Tina are the last ladies of that generation

  8. Setitstraight August 26, 2018

    You fotgot to mention….Patti labelle was requested by Aretha as well to perform at the funeral…do your research…

  9. DanYiel Iman August 27, 2018

    Will her services be on BET or another network for all to view I wonder? 👀

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