Jennifer Hudson Gives Electrifying Performance Of ‘Amazing Grace’ At Aretha Franklin’s Funeral

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                    Bishop Charles Ellis said the service would be a'Celebration of Life

JEFF KOWALSKY via Getty Images Bishop Charles Ellis said the service would be a'Celebration of Life

Robinson then sang his song, "Really Gonna Miss You".

Franklin died August 16 of Queen of Soul at 76.

In this photo from March 13, 1972, Aretha Franklin holds her Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blue performance of the song "Bridge Over Troubled Waters", in NY.

Wonder's performance was one of the highlights of a long schedule that also featured performances by Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson and Chaka Khan, among other artists. "We don't have queens and kings in America, so she is our queen".

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Franklin was dressed in a different outfit for each of three days of public viewings, visited by thousands in her MI hometown.

She was awarded America's highest civilian honor by President Bush in 2005. Large bouquets of pink, lavender, yellow and white flowers flanked her casket.

An arrangement from singer Sam Moore included a card that read, "You know I always adored and loved you to bits and pieces ..."

Franklin is expected to make her final journey in the same ivory 1940 Cadillac LaSalle used at the funerals of her father and of civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

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After Grande's performance, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, who co-officiated the ceremony, joked about the 25-year-old's inclusion in the service. "This is a real life that has been lived". On Thursday night, a sold-out tribute concert was held at Detroit's Chene Park Detroit Amphitheatre. Among the gospel voices expected to fill Greater Grace include Marvin Sapp, the Clark Sisters and Vanessa Bell Armstrong.

Family members, among them granddaughter Victorie Franklin and niece Cristal Franklin, spoke with awe and affection as they remembered a world-famous performer who also loved gossip and kept pictures of loved ones on her piano. You felt every word, every note, every emotion in the songs she sang.

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