Ariana Grande Breaks Down After Performing Aretha Franklin Tribute

Sunday, 19 Aug, 2018

Veteran singer Jacintha Abisheganaden describes every song by Franklin as "a vocal masterpiece" and admires her decades-long work ethic. "She was sitting on the couch, in her lounging outfit and she ordered some food and she said, 'I will be so glad when they bring my chicken wings'".

Franklin's career had its roots with her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, who first urged her to sing at his church, the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit.

"It's just been unbelievable". So, in a way, she did walk a golf course with Tiger. BET networks have been running musical playlists of Aretha Franklin's hits since her passing, including this next airing Monday on BET Her, featuring a marathon of the prolific artist's videos. "So we're just so honored".

Fred Zilian, a university teacher from Rhode Island on a reunion with classmates from the United States military academy West Point, danced with his wife to an Aretha track playing at the Motown Museum.

"The country was riven by race relations tension and we, you can see, are all white - we didn't give a damn", he said. "It's really a statement about the unifying effect that music can have". "She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005". "I was like, 'Franklin?'" Prior to the show, Grande also posted a photo of her and Franklin on Instagram.

US President Barack Obama (L) greets US singer Patti LaBelle (R) during the event, 'In Performance at the White House - Women of Soul.

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"For such a person who commanded kings and queens", Foster Siggers said, "we were at her house".

Franklin was also active in the USA civil rights movement and sang at the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr.

The image is from a 2014 performance at the White House, where she sang for former USA president Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. "The world is poorer for her not being here", he said. "Her response was, 'Well you've been very good to me down the years'". Franklin reportedly called Grande to ask her to listen to music from one of her relatives.

For Franklin, her music and her past, were inextricably linked to her respect to all the people who helped raise her.

The service will follow a two-day public viewing of her casket, and her body will be entombed at a family grave site, relatives have announced.