Dozens of celebrities and mourners gathered to say a final farewell to Aretha Franklin earlier this week during an elegant funeral that was suited only for the Queen of Soul. In attendance were Ariana Grande, Smokey Robinson, Tyler Perry, Jennifer Hudson, former US president Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson, Faith Hill, and funk musician Stevie Wonder, who performed an emotional tribute to close out the Detroit funeral.
Wonder performed heartfelt renditions of “As” and “The Lord’s Prayer” as a part of his eulogy to the soul singer.
“What needs to happen today, not only in this nation but throughout the world, is that we need to make love great again,” Wonder said during his eulogy. “Because black lives do matter. Because all lives do matter … That is what Aretha said throughout her life. Though the pain, she gave us the joy, and said, ‘Let’s make love great again.’”
Thousands of people crowded outside of the city’s Greater Grace Temple so they could pay their respects to the singer.
Franklin arrived in the hearse that also transported her father and civil rights activist Rosa Parks to their final resting places, according to The Guardian.
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