Aretha Franklin funeral: Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and more will perform

24 August 2018, 15:38

Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin
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By Tom Eames

The line-up for the Queen of Soul's funeral service has been confirmed, with Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill and Jennifer Hudson among the artists.

Aretha Franklin died earlier this month at the age of 76.

A private funeral open only to friends and family will take place at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit on August 31.

Alongside Stevie Wonder, Hill and Hudson, the performers will include Fantasia, Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday and Aretha Franklin’s son Edward.

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Other gospel stars, including Marvin Sapp and Vanessa Bell Armstrong will also be performing, while The Aretha Franklin Choir and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir are also on the bill.

Fans can pay their respects to the music icon during a public open casket viewing in her hometown of Detroit.

Her body will lay between 9am and 9pm on August 28 and 29, with mourners being able to attend the open casket viewing at the city’s Charles H Wright Museum of African American History.

Franklin’s family said of her passing: “We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”

Stars including Sir Elton John, Adele and Sir Paul McCartney have paid their respects, while Ariana Grande performed an emotional version 'Natural Woman' the day after her death.