Aretha Franklin “Queen of Soul’ send off with R E.S.P.E.C.T

Aretha Franklin's casket

The funeral for Aretha Franklin, known as the Queen of Soul, was held on Friday in Detroit.

Stars and fans gathered to mourn the soul singer, who died earlier this month from pancreatic cancer at the age of 76.

Chaka Khan, Ariana Grande and Smokey Robinson were among those who performed and paid tribute during the six-hour service.

Here are some pictures from the ceremony.

Bill Clinton, Ariana Grande, Pete Davidson
Former US president Bill Clinton, singer Ariana Grande and her fiance Pete Davidson posed for a photograph before the ceremony
Fantasia
Fantasia Barrino-Taylor kicked off her shoes as she sang Precious Lord, Take My Hand and You’ve Got A Friend
Smokey Robinson
Smokey Robinson addressed Franklin directly in his tribute
Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan performed gospel classic Going Up Yonder.
Tyler Perry
Actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry recalled his mother playing Franklin’s music in the family car
Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande performed (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman at the start of the service
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder performed.
Mourners for Aretha Franklin
Mourners lined the streets outside the Greater Grace Temple, where the funeral is taking place, with thousands watching the service on a big screen
Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson sang Amazing Grace.
Former NBA star Isaiah Thomas
Former NBA star Isaiah Thomas said Franklin “found a way to inspire all of us with hope, love and dreams through her music”
A Cadillac with Aretha's name emblazoned on the front
A Cadillac with Aretha’s name emblazoned on the front was seen at the service.
Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson said Franklin had “perhaps the most remarkable and unique voice the world has ever heard”
Hillary Clinton and Ariana Grande
Image captionFormer US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and singer Ariana Grande spoke before the ceremony

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