Who's performing: An all-star lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar and many more will perform at Aretha Franklin's funeral on Friday morning. "This is not a concert, this is not a show, this is not an awards production".
Clinton ended with this praise of Franklin: "You should remember in this time about this magnificent woman".
Of course, some get-down and lift-up need not be mutually exclusive. Among the gospel stars performing will be Marvin Sapp and Vanessa Bell Armstrong. "And there were other people who called us wanting to participate". "But they would want us to celebrate their lives because they transitioned from this life to a better one".
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Troops from the British Army's Household Division performed Franklin's 1967 hit "Respect" for attendants of the annual Changing of the Guards Ceremony on Friday morning. Robinson also didn't share what he will say, but that's for a different reason.
Speaking to US Weekly on Monday (August 27), Knight spoke about Aretha's death and got reflective on her own life.
The former president also asked the audience to forgive him, saying he was happy that Franklin's casket was still open when he arrived because he just had to see what she was wearing.
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"Even though you knew over the last couple of months that she was sick and you knew this day was coming and you thought you would be prepared for it - but now that it's here it really is overwhelming", he said. The Lord tells us where we are going and tells us when we are coming.
Amid the sadness of these days, Robinson can find uplift - and believes Franklin's legacy is secure.
"She had the voice of a generation, maybe the voice of a century", Clinton said, describing himself as a Franklin "groupie" long before he became president. Her oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute, said the 76-year-old singer's official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type.
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Owens said Franklin loved fiercely and was the family's matriarch. He sweetly added, "Girl, let me give you all your respect".