Aretha Franklin’s Funeral: See the Full List of Performers
In life and in death, Aretha Franklin knows how to attract a crowd.
In addition to the droves of celebrities, musicians, and civil rights leaders expected to show up to pay their respects at her funeral on Friday (August 31), a lengthy list of stars are also set to perform. Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill, Ronald Isley and Fantasia are among the 19 acts slated to take the stage. Ariana Grande, who delivered an emotional rendition of Franklin's "Natural Woman" on The Tonight Show earlier this month, was also added as a performer on Wednesday (August 29). Former President Bill Clinton, Cformer U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Clive Davis, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, and Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are among those scheduled to speak.
Franklin died Aug. 16 at the age of 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Her funeral will take place Friday at 10 a.m. ET at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. The Associated Press will livestream the invite-only service, with other news outlets expected to pick up the coverage. It will conclude a week of events in Franklin's beloved city of Detroit, following a public, two-day viewing at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and a tribute concert featuring Johnny Gill, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight, and more on Thursday night.
See the full list of funeral performers below.
Ariana Grande (update)
The Clark Sisters
The Williams Brothers
Vanessa Bell Armstrong
Audrey DuBois Harris
Alice McAllister Tillman
Aretha Franklin Orchestra
Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir