Gladys was attending Aretha's funeral in Detroit Friday when she told WDIV about their final conversation. "She had the voice of generation, maybe the voice of a century". "This is as close you get to royalty here in America and Aretha earned every bit of it", said Missy Settlers, 53, an automotive parts assembler.
Clinton said that Franklin appeared to be very ill, but that she still spent 45 minutes singing in front of the crowd in West Harlem.
Owens told CNN the funeral service will pay homage to Franklin's gospel roots and her love of the church.
She definitely did just that.
"I figured out I think that the secret of 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 song", Clinton said.
However, other fans tweeted support, pointing out that even if Hill's performance wasn't note-perfect, it came from the heart, because she and Franklin were friends and the Franklin family clearly wanted her there.More news: Jury Begins Third Day of Deliberations in Manafort Fraud Trial
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Grande, who has become one of music's biggest names over the past two years, was invited to perform at the funeral after impressing Franklin's family with her tribute on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show following the musician's death at 76 earlier this month.
The military spokesperson called the song "a declaration from a strong confident woman who knows that she has everything". She sang "I Dreamed a Dream" at his 1993 inauguration and was back for another performance at his second inauguration in 1997, and Clinton awarded her a National Medal of Arts and Humanities in 1999. Some were admitted into the church to sit behind Franklin's family. She worked her tail off to get where she was. "It's the key to freedom!"
They are a nod to her 1985 hit "Freeway of Love", an anthem to her Motor City hometown, in which Franklin sang about a pink Cadillac, the vehicle company that was founded in Detroit in 1902.
Thousands and thousands of members of the public lined up to see her one last time - at her father's New Bethel Baptist Church, and the Charles H. Wright Museum for African-American History. Robinson and Franklin grew up together in Detroit.