Ariana Grande Added To Performer Line-Up At Aretha Franklin Funeral

Published: Tuesday 28th Aug 2018 by Sam

As the ever-reigning Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin‘s impact spans many a generation.

As such, it’s fitting that acts from a variety of eras will congregate on Friday (August 31st) to celebrate the late legend – who passed away from pancreatic two weeks ago.

The latest name added to the bill is none other than Ariana Grande. 

Full story below…

In a statement issued by Franklin’s longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn, it was confirmed that Grande will perform at the star-studded send off in Detroit.

Per Quinn, Franklin first met Grande when the two performed at the White House in 2014 for then President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as part of the ‘Women of Soul’ concert special.

The statement went on to stress that Franklin enjoyed meeting Grande at the time and that in the time since her passing, her  family was especially moved by Grande’s performance of ‘A Natural Woman’ on ‘The Tonight Show.’

Ari joins previously announced performers Steve Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan and more.

Speakers at the funeral include former US President Bill Clinton, Reverend Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson.

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  1. Are you kidding me? August 28, 2018

    Blinks.

    Turns around and finds some business to mind.

    • Fancy BISH August 29, 2018

      lol

  2. Truth Dot Com August 28, 2018

    NOW that we KNOW its televised WATCH all the singers come out the wood works. LOL!
    Beyonce…..where you at?

    • DanYiel Iman August 29, 2018

      Beyoncé will be touring as she is…

    • ??? August 29, 2018

      lmaoooo aretha didnt have time for FLOPS. besides, roaches are not allowed in places of worship lmfaooooo

  3. Truthtea August 28, 2018

    But why? I’m assuming Xtina isn’t available?

  4. Section8DaGreat August 28, 2018

    SO WE ARE JUST GOING TO ACT LIKE JAZMINE SULLIVAN DOESN’T EXIST?

    • Ughhh August 28, 2018

      She has no work ethic. You can’t always blame the music industry for your lack of relevance. Amazing singer but she can be forgotten due to her not putting out music. If her label won’t help her she can put that shît in YouTube, SoundCloud, whatever.

      • Section8DaGreat August 29, 2018

        THEY DON’T GIVE HER A CHANCE. EVEN WHEN SHE PERFORMS LIVE THEY PAN THE CAMERA OFF OF HER MOST OF THE TIME. IT’S A BLACK HEAVY WOMAN DISCRIMINATION THING.

    • House Nicca August 28, 2018

      Take that up with the FAMILY, dummy! Y’all keep name dropping all of these singers like its a BET production or something. Only singers that Aretha f***** with are performing. Stay mad.

      • Section8DaGreat August 29, 2018

        YOU MUST BE A HATER BECAUSE THAT WAS NOT EVEN NECESSARY TO COMMENT IDIOT

    • Messy miya August 28, 2018

      Jhud does not care for jazmine, therefore she probably insist that jaz should not be welcomed

      • Selah August 30, 2018

        Since when has Jhud not cared for Jazmine? Whats the tea?

  5. Yc18 August 28, 2018

    Is this a furneral or concert.. sounds like this if for ratings

    • House Nicca August 28, 2018

      You sound like a stupid ass ape. This is a funeral for the QUEEN OF SOUL, not Mrs. Betty down the street. What exactly will ratings do for a funeral, IDIOT!

      • Fancy BISH August 29, 2018

        Mrs. Betty lol

  6. Tio August 28, 2018

    Shooot if she get to sing then Mariah I Don’t know her Carey better be singing the benediction

    • The Truth August 29, 2018

      Mariah would likely decline. She and Aretha were REAL friends (unlike the fake relationship they are trying to give to Ariana all of a sudden). Mariah said she learned from the MJ funeral performance that should can’t sing at funerals because the sorrow affects her voice. She is such a genuine singer who truly loved Aretha.

      But i’m sure Mariah will be in the front or second row at the very least, just like she was there for her friend, Whitney 🙂

  7. Justafan August 28, 2018

    Wtf?! It’s a no from me. There’s no way Aretha would’ve approved this. Only legends should perform

    • The Truth August 29, 2018

      EXACTLY! Just because some lil’ pop singer can hit a big note does NOT put her at the status or level to give a tribute to Aretha at such a huge celebration of her funeral.

      It’s INSULTING!!!!

  8. Tori August 28, 2018

    If Aretha hand picked her singers herself (back in December 2017 according to the family), who the hell had the balls and audacity to add this girl AFTER Aretha wishes have already began to take place? This sounds more like her granddaughter (Victori) idea because her oldest son, who’s been handling her last wishes, is damn near 70 himself, he ain’t call no damn Arianna. She a pretty girl with nice dresses, beautiful dresses. But with The Clark Sisters, Shirley Caesar, Stevie Wonder, Jhud, Chaka, Tasha Cobbs Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Marvin Sapp, a choir full of baptists Detriot singers, etc….why they do this poor lil white girl from Nickelodeon like that?

    • The Truth August 29, 2018

      TRUTH!!!!!

  9. DanYiel Iman August 29, 2018

    WHY can’t I take her music seriously?!!

  10. DC August 29, 2018

    Mary j is closest we have and no mention I’m not here for it.

    • SMH August 29, 2018

      THIS.

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