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Here Are All The Celebs Singing And Speaking At Aretha Franklin's Funeral

Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, and Ariana Grande will all be giving tributes to the late Queen of Soul.

Posted on August 30, 2018, at 4:49 p.m. ET

Aretha Franklin's funeral will be held on Friday in her hometown of Detroit, and many, many, many celebrities who were close to the late singer are scheduled to perform and speak at her service.

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Franklin's representative provided BuzzFeed News with this list of stars who are paying tribute to her at the funeral:

Stevie Wonder

The iconic Stevie Wonder was a close, longtime friend of Franklin's dating back to the 1960s and will be performing at the funeral. He also performed alongside the late singer multiple times during their careers. Wonder was one of the last people to visit Franklin before she passed at her home in Detroit.
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The iconic Stevie Wonder was a close, longtime friend of Franklin's dating back to the 1960s and will be performing at the funeral. He also performed alongside the late singer multiple times during their careers. Wonder was one of the last people to visit Franklin before she passed at her home in Detroit.

Chaka Khan

Legendary recording artist Chaka Khan, aka the Queen of Funk, is performing at Franklin's service. The two were also good friends for decades.
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Legendary recording artist Chaka Khan, aka the Queen of Funk, is performing at Franklin's service. The two were also good friends for decades.

Al Sharpton

A longtime friend of Aretha Franklin's, civil rights activist Al Sharpton will speak at her funeral.
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A longtime friend of Aretha Franklin's, civil rights activist Al Sharpton will speak at her funeral.

Clive Davis

Sony Music Entertainment's chief creative officer and prominent record producer Clive Davis was a longtime friend of Franklin's. The two worked closely together for four decades, and he will be speaking on Friday.
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Sony Music Entertainment's chief creative officer and prominent record producer Clive Davis was a longtime friend of Franklin's. The two worked closely together for four decades, and he will be speaking on Friday.

Ariana Grande

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Ariana Grande, who admired Aretha Franklin, was invited to perform at her funeral after giving a tribute to Franklin on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. Grande sang "Natural Woman" in her memory.

Faith Hill

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Faith Hill collaborated with Franklin on a duet for the late singer's 2011 album, A Woman Falling Out of Love, although the song never made it on the album. The country singer also covered Franklin's “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" while on tour with her husband, Tim McGraw, in 2017 and 2018. She'll be singing in honor of Franklin at the funeral.

Eric Holder

In 2015, Aretha Franklin honored Eric Holder, the first black attorney general, at his farewell ceremony. She spoke on behalf of Holder and concluded by singing "America the Beautiful." Holder will now return the favor and speak at Franklin's funeral service.
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In 2015, Aretha Franklin honored Eric Holder, the first black attorney general, at his farewell ceremony. She spoke on behalf of Holder and concluded by singing "America the Beautiful." Holder will now return the favor and speak at Franklin's funeral service.

Ronald Isley

Ronald Isley is a longtime friend of Franklin's and worked with the singer on many projects and performances, including their Carole King cover of "You've Got a Friend." He'll be performing in honor of his friend.
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Ronald Isley is a longtime friend of Franklin's and worked with the singer on many projects and performances, including their Carole King cover of "You've Got a Friend." He'll be performing in honor of his friend.

Jesse Jackson

Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson was friends with Aretha Franklin for decades and is speaking at her service on Friday. The two worked closely together during the height of the social movement in the 1960s and '70s.
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Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson was friends with Aretha Franklin for decades and is speaking at her service on Friday. The two worked closely together during the height of the social movement in the 1960s and '70s.

Jennifer Hudson

Singer and actor Jennifer Hudson, who's performing at the funeral, is supposed to be playing Aretha Franklin in a biopic about the late singer's life. Apparently, Franklin personally chose Hudson herself.
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Singer and actor Jennifer Hudson, who's performing at the funeral, is supposed to be playing Aretha Franklin in a biopic about the late singer's life. Apparently, Franklin personally chose Hudson herself.

Bill Clinton

Franklin's relationship with former president Bill Clinton dates back to when she performed at his inaugural gala in 1993. Clinton, who presented Franklin with the National Medal of Arts in 1999, will be speaking at the funeral.
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Franklin's relationship with former president Bill Clinton dates back to when she performed at his inaugural gala in 1993. Clinton, who presented Franklin with the National Medal of Arts in 1999, will be speaking at the funeral.

LeBron James

NBA star LeBron James is rumored to be among the guests at Franklin's funeral service on Friday.
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NBA star LeBron James is rumored to be among the guests at Franklin's funeral service on Friday.

Cicely Tyson

Cicely Tyson, who won a Kennedy Center Honor in 2015 when Aretha Franklin gave a notable performance of "You Make Me Feel Like (A Natural Woman)," will be speaking at Franklin's funeral on Friday.
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Cicely Tyson, who won a Kennedy Center Honor in 2015 when Aretha Franklin gave a notable performance of "You Make Me Feel Like (A Natural Woman)," will be speaking at Franklin's funeral on Friday.

Fantasia

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After singing in many tributes to Aretha Franklin in the past, including a 2008 Grammy event, R&B singer and American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino will join other artists in honoring Franklin on Friday.

Yolanda Adams

Gospel singer Yolanda Adams, who honored Aretha Franklin at the 2011 Grammy Awards, is also performing on Friday.
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Gospel singer Yolanda Adams, who honored Aretha Franklin at the 2011 Grammy Awards, is also performing on Friday.

Shirley Caesar

Shirley Caesar — gospel singer, songwriter, and recording artist — will sing a tribute to her lifelong friend.
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Shirley Caesar — gospel singer, songwriter, and recording artist — will sing a tribute to her lifelong friend.

The Clark Sisters

The Clark Sisters, a gospel group who also hail from Detroit, will sing a tribute to Franklin. The trio's mother, Mattie Moss Clark, was a family friend of the late singer.
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The Clark Sisters, a gospel group who also hail from Detroit, will sing a tribute to Franklin. The trio's mother, Mattie Moss Clark, was a family friend of the late singer.

Jennifer Holliday

Singer and actor Jennifer Holliday, who performed in Dreamgirls on Broadway from 1981 until 1983, will be performing at the funeral.
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Singer and actor Jennifer Holliday, who performed in Dreamgirls on Broadway from 1981 until 1983, will be performing at the funeral.

Here's the full order of service:

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