Ariana Grande performs powerful tribute to Aretha

Ariana Grande performs powerful tribute to Aretha

Ariana Grande performs powerful tribute to Aretha

"We saw all of our other close friends go", Robinson said. "So I figured out, I think, that the secret to her greatness was she took this massive talent and this ideal culture that raised her and made a decision to be the composer of her own life's song".

Vaughn Franklin, the singer's nephew, told mourners: "I am sad today because I am losing my friend, but I know the imprint you left on this world can never be removed". "She had the voice of a generation, maybe the voice of a century".

In a speech memorializing Franklin, the Rev. Al Sharpton recalled Franklin's activist side, noting she raised money for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and created "the soundtrack of the civil rights movement".

"It's the key to freedom", Clinton said.

Singing a Franklin classic in front of the late icon's family and friends was no doubt a daunting task, but Grande handled it with grace, keeping her usual verbal gymnastics in check to deliver a attractive, faithful rendition. "To say I was humbled to be in her presence would be an understatement". "And what a song it turned out to be". She lived with power - not without weakness, but overcoming her weaknesses...

Gladys was attending Aretha's funeral in Detroit Friday when she told WDIV about their final conversation.

Former preisdent Bill Clinton memorialized Aretha Franklin as a woman with "breathtaking talent" who kept on charming audiences despite her illness. "We have the Duke of Ellington, the Count of Basie, and ladies and gentlemen, I bring you the Queen of Soul.' And that's how she was introduced here". "She worked for us".

On Thursday, more than 40 artists performed for thousands at a free concert, billed "A People's Tribute to the Queen", powering through some of her greatest hits, culminating with "Respect".

The military spokesperson called the song "a declaration from a strong confident woman who knows that she has everything".

Clinton said he walked into the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on W. 110th Street and was surprised that Franklin summoned him to meet with her privately and talk a bit before the festivities.

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