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NEW YORK (AP) — Ariana Grande will be among the performers who will pay tribute to Aretha Franklin at her funeral Friday.

Grande will be among entertainers Steve Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan and more. Franklin’s rep, Gwendolyn Quinn, says Franklin met Grande when the two performed at the White House in 2014 for then President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as part of the “Women of Soul” concert. Quinn says Franklin enjoyed meeting Grande at the time. Franklin’s family was moved by Grande’s performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” after Franklin’s Aug. 16 death.

Grande performed the song with The Roots on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Besides performers, speakers include former President Bill Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson.

Here is the tribute Grande did on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon:





Aretha Franklin Through The Years
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5 thoughts on “Pop Star Ariana Grande To Perform At Aretha Funeral At Family’s Request

  1. SheCat54 on said:

    It’s a shame that this screaming banshee will be trying to sing songs by the Queen of Soul. Wish these peckerwood bit*hes (male & female) would just go set the hell down and let us have this moment, send her ass to go sing at john mc cain funeral please! To me Aretha Franklin belongs to us brown skin people and we should be the only people celebrating her music and
    life she had to deal with them idiots back in the day but, she made it. We all know peckerwoods have a natural ability to fu*k things up when dealing with us or some how making it about them. I’m selfish and I wish The Queen of Soul Ms. Aretha Franklin was buried a week after her death. No she can’t sing but, I can.

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