Twitter roasts Faith Hill’s Aretha Franklin funeral performance

Calvin Saunders
September 1, 2018

"We started out as Aretha groupies", Clinton began, speaking of himself and his wife.

"You're gonna be one of the future voices in the choir of angels because you know you'd have to be".

Last night a star-studded concert was held in Detroit with over 40 artists, including Johnny Gill, Patti LaBelle and the Four Top, honouring the legendary singer with musical tributes, including covers of some of Franklin's biggest hits.

The former president recalled being an "Aretha groupie" all his life and being thrilled to meet her backstage at her last public performance, a benefit in Harlem for Elton John's AIDS charity past year. "She performed for you", he said.

When asked about the President back in 1994, she described Clinton as "very down to earth, very decent", adding he was "someone who is really trying to pull it off, to get a true democracy". (Franklin is being buried in a gold dress.) He also described seeing Franklin perform at Elton John's AIDS Benefit previous year, her final public show. "She was the best singer in the world - trust!"

"Other heartwarming performances included "Rock Steady" by Regina Belle, "Woman" by Raheem DeVaughn, "Chain of Fools" by Angela Davis, "Thank You, Aretha" by Jenifer Lewis, and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Cherri Black.

Faith spoke about her connection to Aretha following her passing. "She had the voice of generation, maybe the voice of a century".

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Friday's service, however, will feature those who knew and loved Franklin most, such as her childhood friend, singer Smokey Robinson, who talked to CNN soon after Franklin died about their life-long friendship.

The 25-year-old was seen walking into the church with her fiancé, Pete Davidson, by her side, causing a frenzy.

"How you doing, baby?" she asked him.

He ended his time by playing Franklin's "Think" on his iPhone into the mic. She was a civil rights activist when it wasn't popular.

"[President] Trump said, "she used to work for me".

They are a nod to her 1985 hit "Freeway of Love", an anthem to her Motor City hometown, in which Franklin sang about a pink Cadillac, the vehicle company that was founded in Detroit in 1902. For three days she lay in a golden, open-casket, wearing a different outfit each day - red on Tuesday, blue on Wednesday, rose gold on Thursday and a golden sparkling dress for her funeral on Friday.

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