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Grande - who joined a star-studded list of performers that included Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, and Jennifer Hudson - was asked to sing at the funeral after Franklin's family was moved by her emotional rendition of "Natural Woman" on The Tonight Show earlier this month.

Franklin died August 16 at age 76.

As endless amounts of fans lined up to pay their respects to the late Aretha Franklin, some of the most influential artists of today paid tribute by way of live music. Mayor Mike Duggan announced during the service Friday that the city would rename the riverfront amphitheater Chene Park to "Aretha Franklin Park". Watch her performance here! "She made important and lasting contributions to American music with her gospel-inspired style and distinctive voice", read a letter from W. and his wife.

Some don't understand how people are talking about anything but her performance.

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She was voted the greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.

Pink Cadillacs - some having been driven across the country - parked en masse outside the church, expected to follow her cortege to the cemetery where she is to be buried alongside her father and siblings.

Bush had previously awarded Franklin the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest civilian honor - in 2009. She hit every single note with precision!

Franklin's final days have been treated as a royal goodbye.


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