Gladys Knight led an emotional tribute to the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin at the American Music Awards (AMAs).
The Atlanta pastor’s eulogy delivered at Aretha Franklin’s funeral last week was distasteful, the late star’s family said.
Speakers at Aretha Franklin’s funeral took the opportunity to demand respect for black America.
The bishop who officiated Aretha Franklin’s funeral has apologised to Ariana Grande for how he touched her onstage and a joke he made about her name.
Aretha Franklin was hailed as a civil rights hero as celebrities and dignitaries gathered to pay tribute to the Queen of Soul.
A former president and award-winning musicians such as Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande will pay tribute to Aretha Franklin as the Queen of Soul’s funeral takes place in the US.
Mourners streamed in for a second day to pay their respects to Aretha Franklin, who was dressed in a different outfit for her final public viewing, as if making a costume change during a show.
The regal presence Aretha Franklin exuded in life is being captured at her viewing, with the late Queen of Soul in a gold-plated coffin dressed in red, including high-heels, proving she was a “diva to the end”.
Two days of public viewings for Aretha Franklin are under way in Detroit. Well-wishers are arriving at the culturally significant Charles H Wright Museum of African American History, where the Queen of Soul’s body is lying in state.
An all-star line-up that includes Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill and Jennifer Hudson will perform at Aretha Franklin’s funeral next week.