A tribute concert for Aretha Franklin was held at Chene Park Amphitheater in Detroit on Thursday and featured performances from Johnny Gill, Angie Stone and more, and tributes from Tyler Perry and Jenifer Lewis.
UPDATE 7: 8/30/18
The full program for Aretha Franklin’s funeral has been released, Click on Detroit reveals.
On top of performances from Jennifer Hudson and Chaka Khan, actors Tyler Perry and Cicely Tyson will be in attendance.
Franklin’s funeral takes place on Aug. 31 in Detroit.
FINAL Program for Service by Clickon Detroit on Scribd
UPDATE 6: 8/29/18
Ariana Grande is scheduled to sing at Aretha Franklin’s funeral on Aug. 31 in Detroit, joining Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson and more, CNN confirms.
Grande performed “Natural Woman” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon following news of Franklin’s death on Aug. 16.
UPDATE 5- 8/28/18
Hundreds of fans lined up outside the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit on Tuesday as the casket of singer Aretha Franklin arrived for the public memorial, which will take place Tuesday and Wednesday. She will lie in state for two days before her private funeral on Aug. 31.
Fans will be able to pay their respects to the “Queen of Soul.”
UPDATE 4- 8/28/18
Tickets for the free Aretha Franklin Tribute concert were gobbled up by fans in minutes on Monday, per The Detroit Free Press.
The concert, which will be held at Chene Park Amphitheater in Detroit on Aug. 30, will feature performances by Gladys Knight, Johnny Gill and the Four Tops.
UPDATE 3- 8/24/18:
Former President Bill Clinton, Former Attorney General Eric Holder, Smokey Robinson, Clive Davis and the Rev. Jesse Jackson are scheduled to speak at Franklin’s funeral on Aug. 31, her family confirmed with the Detroit Free Press on Friday.
Gladys Knight, Angie Stone and more will perform at an Aretha Franklin Tribute concert at Chene Park Amphitheater in Detroit on Aug. 30 a day after her public memorial, per The Detroit News.
“On behalf of the family, thank you to those paying tribute and celebrating the life of Aretha. We are grateful for the tremendous outpouring of love and support we have received from friends, supporters and fans all around the world,” Franklin’s niece, Sabrina V. Garrett Owens, said in a statement to The Detroit News.
UPDATE 2- 8/23/18:
Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar and others have been tapped to perform at Franklin’s memorial, Franklin’s publicist confirmed to The Associated Press.
The Aretha Franklin Choir and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir will also perform at the service for the Queen of Soul, who died Aug. 16.
Aretha Franklin’s representative confirmed with Variety that a public viewing for the Queen of Soul will be held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit on Aug. 28 and Aug. 29 in Detroit from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
A private funeral for family and friends will be held on Aug. 31 at Greater Grace Temple, per the report.
Aretha Franklin’s family will hold a public memorial for the Queen of Soul at Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, where her body will lie in state for two days, sources tell TMZ.
Franklin died at her home surrounded by family and friends on Thursday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76.
Sources told TMZ that her family expects thousands to show their respects to Franklin and that a church would be too small.
TMZ reports that the family decided on an open casket for the viewing and that a funeral for family and friends will be held at Greater Grace Temple.
Tributes poured in from all over the world for the legendary singer.
Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace. pic.twitter.com/bfASqKlLc5
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 16, 2018
You showed me I could sing the songs I wanted to sing and bring God with me. You've inspired millions everywhere yet never left home, never left church. Today the entire world mourns your home-going and celebrates all the brilliance you left behind. pic.twitter.com/Ek0yHdXcRF
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) August 16, 2018
There was a GENIUS that walked this Earth . She was a BLACK WOMAN . She gave us the BLUE PRINT . She RAISED THE BAR . She LAID THE FOUNDATION and her name was QUEEN ARETHA FRANKLIN . We could not forget you if we tried . I am infinitely THANKFUL . #GENIUS #4everbowingtoyouQUEEN pic.twitter.com/z7QjHLW5wI
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi Mayweather👽🚆🤖🚀🪐 (@JanelleMonae) August 17, 2018
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.