Ariana Grande to perform at Aretha Franklin’s memorial service

Aretha Franklin Wears Bright-Red Louboutin Spike Heels in Her Gold Casket — And They Have a Hidden Meaning

The God Is A Woman hitmaker joins a line-up of esteemed performers for Franklin's funeral including Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Chaka Khan and Jennifer Hudson. But this week that situation was remedied when the 2007 recording of Franklin's rousing, political anthem "Stand Up For Yourself" was released online by the American Association of Retired People.

The body of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin on Tuesday arrived at the Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for viewing and final goodbyes. A funeral for Franklin will then be held Friday at the Great Grace Temple in Detroit.

Peggie Funny and her friend Mary A. Wilson, of Columbia, South Carolina, both born in 1954, came to Detroit for one day only on a whim because they wanted to pay their respects. The interior is finished with champagne velvet with her tittle "Queen of Soul" and name "Aretha Franklin" embroidered in the casket lining with gold metallic thread.

"I met her a few times".

The gospel, soul and R&B star influenced generations of female singers from the late Whitney Houston to Beyonce with unforgettable hits including "Respect" (1967), "Natural Woman" (1968) and "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968). "I didn't see it, but ... she just looked gorgeous, peaceful", Kidd said.

Asked her thoughts about other performers, she had kind words for Adele's talent, but of Swift she said, "OK, great gowns, lovely gowns".

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"I think it's going to be a very upbeat service".

Fans began to line up in the middle of the night on Wednesday, too.

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".

Ms Moorman did not know Franklin personally, but that did not seem to matter.

"She was intertwined in all of our lives", she said, adding that her love for the singer "started with "Respect".

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