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Mourners including Bill Clinton, Whoopi Goldberg and Stevie Wonder arrived at Franklin's funeral at the Detroit's Greater Grace Temple on Friday, while hundreds of fans lined the streets outside.

It was a celebration befitting a queen. Franklin died on August 16 of pancreatic cancer at age 76.

With about three dozen speakers and entertainers slotted in, the program at Greater Grace Temple had been estimated to go five hours, but instead went about eight, ending a few minutes before 7 p.m. She was remembered as the pride of Detroit and a citizen of the world. She gave us a regal bar to reach.

ROBINSON: Other performers came to know Aretha Franklin much more recently. Having recently lost her mum, she belted out her first solo with the soulful singing for which she came to be known. "I don't know, I guess I put my arm around her", Ellis said in comments to U.S. media confirmed to AFP on Saturday.

Ellis III has apologized for his actions towards Ariana Grande at Aretha Franklin's funeral. He traced her life's journey and praised her as someone who "lived with courage, not without fear, but overcoming her fears".

Ariana Grande powered through Franklin's 1968 hit "Natural Woman" supported by gospel backing singers with further tributes expected from Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson. He was joined on stage by others, including Gladys Knight, and backed by a choir. "He sang, "... for the rest of my life, gonna be thinking about you.

"If Ariana Grande's dress makes anyone uncomfortable, I'd suggest you check that demon within yourself and not blame that young lady for YOUR perverted mind and or the perverted minds of others whom for whatever complicit reason you choose not to check instead", read one pro-Grande tweet. "I love you and you are so strong @ArianaGrande".

Friday's event also was laced with politics, social commentary and appeals to activism.

"#ArianaGrande don't know the below the knee rule for the pulpit in the black church".

Aretha Franklin had a voice that stirred the soul and changed popular music forever. Later, she would also sing at his funeral, performing "Precious Lord", a song Dr. King asked Franklin to perform on countless occasions before his assassination.

She was awarded America's highest civilian honor by president Bush in 2005. Whispers such as "talk about Aretha" were audible in the crowd. "We have long lines to celebrate death, and short lines for voting. Something is missing." He told the audience if they don't register to vote, it would dishonor Franklin.

Kenneth Abdo, an attorney who specializes in probate law and has worked on the estate of Prince, who also died without a will, says the IRS will conduct an audit of her holdings. Sharpton asked the crowd to help him teach Trump the meaning of respect. They are scheduled to speak at Sen. "We thank God for giving this country John McCain".

Franklin's contribution to the civil rights movement - both spiritual and financial - was honoured by Rev. Al Sharpton, who said: "She represented the best in our community and she fought for our community until the end". We sang at the White House, and she was so sweet, and she was so cute.

But Bishop Ellis apologised after some thought it was distasteful.

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