There was a lot of controversy inside the Aretha Franklin funeral yesterday. A pastor was accused of groping Ariana Grande. The event was way too long. And many people said inappropriate things. But despite all that – the funeral was a great and very well deserved send off for the Queen.
But outside, there was even more f*ckery than inside. Many of Aretha’s fans wore their own UNIQUE tribute outfits. And hundreds of pink Cadillacs pulled up – and got traffic snarled to a halt.
Besides being ratchet, reports say that. . . “It was a service fit for the Queen, who died earlier this month at the age of 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.”
The funeral was full of mourning and laughter, of rousing gospel music and soulful hymns befitting of the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, who won 18 Grammys and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, among many other honors.
Singers like Ariana Grande, Faith Hill, the Clark Sisters, Chaka Khan, Fantasia Barrino-Taylor, Jennifer Hudson and Stevie Wonder rallied funeralgoers and brought them to their feet to dance and sing with Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “I’m Going Up Yonder,” “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” and “Amazing Grace,” to name a few.
Stevie Wonder gave the last performance before Franklin’s family exited the church. Whipping out his harmonica, Wonder played a musical rendition of the “Lord’s Prayer.”