Bold names in the R&B music world have been booked to perform at the queen of soul Aretha Franklin's home going service on August 31. Franklin passed away on August 16 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

According to CNN, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams and Jennifer Holliday will be among the greats expected to perform at Franklin‘s funeral for close friends and family on August 31 at 10 a.m. ET at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit.

The public is invited to attend public viewings on August 28-29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.

Stevie Wonder visited with Franklin before she died in her riverfront Detroit apartment.

“She did incredible music, incredible singer. She touched every genre. Every singer was influenced in some way by the way she sang. They will forever be influenced by her because of her voice, her emotion, her sincerity is unforgettable,” he said on CBS This Morning.

In the photo above, street artist Jules Muck paid tribute to the late great singer with a gigantic mural, in collaboration with Global Street Art, in the East London Shoreditch area.

Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

  • A D N

    I wish we would celebrate people more while they are here. But I'm glad they are coming together because she was definitely a queen.

  • bemetoo

    as i told the garden, hippo mouth wide back sink head kick stand leg jhud will be hollering at the queens goodbye

  • WhoKnew

    Sure wish I could go to pay my respect and to see what I believe will be an absolutely beautiful and spiritually moving homegoing service.

  • xenaD

    On 125 it seemed like a party! I was over there. I accidentally walked pass the Apollo (my fat ass was trying to get to nasty ass red lobster) and it was lit af. Those older people were going in. Songs I had never even heard (uptempo) they were singing and dancing & having a grand ol time. I must say she was loved. Omg

  • missmiami305

    I guess rumors about Frantasia singing at the funeral were false. Fantasia reminds me of auntie Patti so much. Maybe they thought Jennifer was a better fit. Love them both tho.

  • missmiami305

    ??????? anybody know what happened for her babydaddy to win custody? That seems odd.

  • Judge Mental Will

    Not really impress by the list.. but it is for Aretha

  • CopperCutie

    No Patti Labelle, Diana Ross...Smokey???

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Now... you know petty Aretha didn't like Patti.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Jennifer is going to portray Aretha on film. That's why she's invited.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Why did you put this visual in my head? I really see all of this?

  • SweetTEE

    Hell naw lol

  • SweetTEE

    In honor of the legendary shade Ms. Franklin was known to throw...head on over to youtube and search for Got 2b Real parody.. I guarantee you will enjoy!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Thanks! I'm gonna look tonight...

  • Quitedeliteful

    Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams and Jennifer Holliday
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I like these names. Each and every one of the artist will be able to execute her songs to the fullest.

  • BingBangBoom

    I think Kelly Price would play a good Aretha. What yall think?

  • Quitedeliteful

    Diana can not sing no Aunti Re-Re songs. She doesn't have the chops. Patti could for sure. I don't know about Smokey, tho...

  • Quitedeliteful

    I wonder if they will invite Chaka Khan. She's got a big voice and could do justice to an Aretha song...

  • MookieFly

    I would love to go. I never got to see any of her shows while she was alive

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Kelly Clarkson would be a better pick.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I saw her perform in Atlantic City and she was a class act -- she performed with a full orchestra, had lost 50 lbs and looked beautiful.

  • ?? ?ee?? ???

    The same old tired singers that do EVERY tribute. Next!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Kelly Clarkson??? What in the country music tarnation do you mean? Is Kelly's voice really that good? I don't follow her so I don't know...

  • Quitedeliteful

    Very true but they have the chops that others don't have -- like Alicea Keyes -- I heard her do a tribute and she screeched through the whole damn song. LOL! Aunti RiRi is a tough act to follow. Ya gotta bring out the big guns. Maybe Mary J???

  • Tlowe89

    That mural is beautiful

  • Li-Wright

    I saw the young inexperienced Aretha about 20ish; I saw the middle age Aretha about 40ish; and I saw the most recent Aretha. She was MUSIC. Old school music. Full orchestra, great arrangements. Great voice. Still at the age of 75 yo. She took 2 breaks and talked about her surgery a few years back, but she didn't mention pancreatic cancer.
    As for the probate issue....I read that Prince's family STILL hasn't received monies from his probate. The lawyers, the courts, the taxes, who knows who he owed money to....the family won't get anything for a long time.
    The same will probably happen with Aretha's family unless she had a safe deposit box full of money. Or bank accounts with Pay on death.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Yes it is...

  • Li-Wright

    Your opinion is water over the damn...Jennifer has been cast, pay or play. But I don't expect to see that movie for some years. Aretha's family would be an impediment.

  • BingBangBoom

    Interesting choice and that's a good one. It's just that shade of color tho and you know your people.

  • WhoKnew

    Yep, put a little darkening make up on Kelly. I like Kelly. She's got pipes.

  • Li-Wright

    Hmmm...so you would have Alicia Keys? Beyonce? who else would you have sing?

  • Quitedeliteful

    So she really didn't have a will?!? This is terrible! I wonder why she didn't knowing that she was seriously ill. The little I have my sisters know where to find it and what to do with it. smh...

  • Coy little wink

    Not belly thrice

  • ?? ?ee?? ???

    Mary would tear the roof off. Monica too. Patti as well, but I know Aretha didn’t like Miss Patti lol

  • Li-Wright

    Aretha from what I read of her life didn't have close "girlfriends". Gladys may attend. But Aretha was more of a Detroiter who kept family and church people as friends. She kept close to Detroiters or those who were at Motown and in the city. IDT she even was friends with younger women like Christina Aguela; not even Barbara Streisand. So it doesn't surprise me that a select few are chosen to sing.
    the Clark Sisters were in Detroit (on YT) and did a tribute to Aretha. I expect to see more gospel singers on the list.

  • Quitedeliteful

    With such phenomenal talent you know it will be a celebration to be remembered.

  • Quitedeliteful

    LMBAOFFFFFFFFFFFF!!!!!!!!! But why she gotta be all of that tho?

  • Stan4NoOne

    Correction. Had a good voice.

  • ?? ?ee?? ???

    Definitely not Beyonce...she’s not in the realm of Aretha, but it seems like these same singers are just “famous people funeral singers.” I think John Legend and even Jill Scott would be nice.

  • Li-Wright

    Plus she and Aretha talked often about the movie. So, Jennifer is probably the YOUNGEST singer that Aretha may be close to. you must remember when people get to be "older" (like me) we don't bond well with younger people. All my friends are my age, and no more than 20 years younger. I can't name one person in my circle who is 20, 30 years old.

  • BingBangBoom

    You mean that lifetime movie? Chile... if we do get to see it. Thanks for your response.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Aretha had a lot of gay male friends in the industry.

  • WhoKnew

    My sisters saw Aretha back in the late 60s at the Howard Theatre in DC.

  • Ni Ni

    As much as i like Yolanda's voice, i was hoping that they would let her sit this one out. Jennifer and Stevie are good choices. I would like to hear from more soul singers from her time that sang with her.

    Someone brought up Mavis, which would have been an excellent choice, but then they said her and Aretha had a feud as well. Btw, did Aretha get along with any other female artists? Vanessa bell Armstrong would have been a good choice.

    Edit: Oh this is the homegoing, not the tribute.

  • BingBangBoom

    Chile... Everyone has that special camera angle. She goes up and down just like the next sista. Lol

  • Yui

    She’s out of rehab?

  • Renee Bee

    You earned your lunch darn it and you got some good music and good feelings on the way. Lol. ?

  • Quitedeliteful

    I can't name one person in my circle who is 20, 30 years old.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I had a group of girls that were just under thirty and I had to give them up! Muvha needs her beauty rest and these girls wanted to hang Friday, Saturday and then have brunch on Sunday! They wanted to do stuff like go to the tittay bar on their birthdays! LOL!!! I was like girls! I can do one activity every other weekend and that's it! LOLLOLLOL!!! What is so surprising is that they were all married and had children and their husbands didn't seem to mind. New fangeled relationship I guess...

  • Blaque Mahogany

    She's a good singer. But there are dozens of black singers that are actually better.

    Smh. WTH would Kelly Clarkson play a black woman. I can't...

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I'm disappointed.

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!! She would be lynched for sure!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Not any more? I just assumed she her chops would last forever...

  • Quitedeliteful

    I didn't even know she was in rehab.. I thought she was on the straight and narrow. Damn shame...

  • Quitedeliteful

    Yep.. Monica is a good choice.. I do hope they invite Patti anyway. You know she would tear the house down!

  • Michelle Peele

    No Fantasia?

  • Reenaface

    Between Jennifer Holiday and J HUD, I hope they don't oversang each other to death.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Ugh. But...I. hate. Jhud. Like. ?

    My queen deseves more than a baggy mouth heffa singing her to her resting place??????

  • FukkFolks2018

    Mural is beyond dope.

    Makes me feel better a TAD about Kickstand legs JHud. Hell Jennifer Holiday legs look like Capital K too

  • Logan Roberts

    I already knew it was gonna be the same ole "funeral/tribute singing folks." Where's Monica, Chaka Khan, Patti, Gladys Knight, Faith & Mary J. Blige???

  • FukkFolks2018

    She didnt like over half of that list. Sadly

  • Vonn

    Kelly Price is already "booked" for another gig. She's always booked.

  • ?? ?ee?? ???

    Yasss. Did you see her BET tribute to Gerald Levert? It wasn’t a dry eye in the house ?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I see Sandra has jokes this evening.

  • Dahl

    If you hear her rendition of Don’t Play That Song when she was on American Idol, you’d know she’d be a great fit, at least imo...

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    You had to bring the gheys into this.

  • imright

    no Madonna ?? ??

  • WhoKnew

    Yeah, Chaka had a drug problem.

  • Alextra Ballard

    NOOOOOO!!!! Not roll Around on the ground Patti. Secondly ReRe didn't like Patti,neitha Chaka.

  • Shira Harding-James

    ok you just sad you feel better about JHUD and then turned around and insulted her?

  • Shira Harding-James

    Fantasia is somewhere throwing her shoes!

  • Alextra Ballard

    You are so correct..ol shady ReRe ...

  • Alextra Ballard

    Lmaoooo don't start on liver lips jhud!!

  • Shira Harding-James

    She also is not a country singer....far from it. You have to hear her, you will change your mind! lol

  • Shira Harding-James

    John Legend for Darn sure! No to Jill Scott though.

  • Alextra Ballard

    I am dying ova here>>>dine!!!

  • Wreckognize Game

    She'll be there ?

  • Wreckognize Game

    Kelly Price. I'm not using the name Dub calls her.

  • Alextra Ballard

    I think she was addicted to painkillers.. hardcore..I think!

  • Wreckognize Game

    She can sang her face off. Yes sang

  • Alextra Ballard

    Chile, ban Madonna! Don't allow her nor her entourage on the block

  • MISSMEWITDATBULL
  • IAmLawlessBrooks

    Lmfao

  • Evillene

    Aretha LOVED Chaka. Chaka was the only diva she consistently said nice things about. However, they want church folk to sang -- The Jennifers and Yolanda are going to bring the Holy Ghost.

  • Evillene

    You is evil -- "kickstand" legs...

  • Li-Wright

    Aretha starts at about 21 minutes:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8ImbuDrI8U

  • FukkFolks2018

    Belly Thrice

  • Li-Wright

    Logan, this is the family's decision. We the public aint got nothing to do with it. We are observers.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Chaka only confirmed one she liked in that list tho. She had an issue with all the Arista women. Which would be Mo and Faith too I think. She was a mess

  • FukkFolks2018

    I'm so wrong. I just flashed back to when Jaheim crashed Whitney fune??

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Y’all seen what Aretha said about Taylor swift
    Host: what comes to mind when I say Taylor swift

    Aretha “Okay, great gowns, beautiful gowns

    ???? best shade Eva

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    But what she said about Nicki!!! Oh, I'll pass on that one, iiiiihaaaa!!! Not even Gowns.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    That's why Fan can't play Aretha. You Must Finish her songs. Must.

  • TheThrowbackBeauty

    I love her for that???

  • TheThrowbackBeauty

    Stab me in both ears with a hot rusty knife. That will be better.

  • justlooking
  • Blaque Mahogany

    Lol. The shade.

  • BingBangBoom

    Lol that's true she's a busy lady.

  • Malcom Flex

    PROPER.That's what I'm talking about.

  • Malcom Flex

    That was classic.

  • Malcom Flex

    Wish they had asked her more questions! She told it like it was with style and class,

  • Malcom Flex

    Miss Franklin loved Chaka, she knew how to bow down to the Queen.

  • Malcom Flex

    I hope they do get shiny and greasy, it's gotta be real, folks are gonna be falling out and weeping, watch.

  • Malcom Flex

    Agreed

  • Faithz
  • Malcom Flex

    That was ice cold. I guess Patti crossed that line Miss Franklin didn't play if you talked about her business.

  • Faithz

    RIP,,,Queen Aretha.

  • TheWildChild

    ??? if these (2) & a Hologram ain't sangin' ....I don't want no part of the phuckery ? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f1b7bcedf0693e7dd55389d9717c1cf4e94d038540f275035db9bbe034781722.jpg

  • TheWildChild

    ???Yaasss! ?

  • TheWildChild

    ? right, That's like expecting Dionne Warwick to say a few words following the eulogy ??

  • CopperCutie

    She's from The D. That's how we roll. lol

  • bemetoo

    because she is a lying trash bag full of shit

  • bemetoo

    because she is a lying big back tub head baggy saggy mouth piece of shit

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Yup haaaaa

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Me too!!

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Hilarious

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    I’m trying to shade someone like that

  • MsPam

    She was invited, she over sings too! Can’t understand a word when she sings.

  • MsPam

    Because one of the Staples sisters told Aretha’s daddy that she was in the room alone with Sam Cooke. ???

  • MsPam

    She’s on the list to attend.??

  • MsPam

    Monica retired from singing, she’s a Instagram model now.?

  • MsPam

    What about Cissy Houston?!?????

  • MsPam
  • missmiami305

    ??????

  • missmiami305

    Me too! But, Jennifer is probably a better fit considering Aretha’s persona.

  • Alextra Ballard

    I guess you can't believe everything that's written. At least ReRe liked somebidy! Yeah those two will bring it...hope their not singing at the same time.

  • TheWildChild

    Well ??? we saw the expression on Cissys face when she last sang backup for Aretha ?

  • Li-Wright
  • Yas

    I just saw Patti LaBelle perform last night in Philadelphia and she did an awesome tribute to the Queen!!

  • eldwdubu

    Anytime I hear Aretha Fraklin's name it sends me back to my childhood days when her vinyls were being played on the heavily varnished console stereo in the living room, God Bless her!

  • Reenaface

    It should be a sight to see, I wonder if it will be televised because I will try to stream it at work.

  • Logan Roberts

    Did I ask you anything Sir? Thank you for stating the obvious ?

  • Logan Roberts

    I had forgot all about Kelly damn.

  • Logan Roberts

    She did like Chaka.

  • Vonn

    Even when she's not. ??

  • BingBangBoom

    She was GOOD entertainment on that show RnB Divas. Lol

  • justlooking

    Look I could see that everyday. It gives me life.

  • justlooking

    OKAY. She was not having it.

  • justlooking

    OH MY GAWD. The Queen lives in my heart. I have been searching for that one. YOU MADE MY DAY.

  • justlooking

    It will be missed.

    You are stupid. Like she told Wendy. Bawwwahhhaaa

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoEJGk8W7-8&feature=youtu.be

  • Faithz

    Thanks

  • MsPam

    Six hours.?

  • Quitedeliteful

    Uh-oh... LOLLOL!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    WOW... Ima have to check her out...

  • Quitedeliteful

    She's Not a country singer?? I wonder if she started off country....

  • Quitedeliteful

    She is?? I'm late on the tea...

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Whuuut?? Ima have to go back and watch...

  • Toni Toni Toni

    She comes in at the 12 MINUTE mark!
    GREAT VIDEO!!!
    She will be missed!
    Loved that those WP seemed geniune.
    Thank you for posting it.

  • Solstice

    I really like Jazmine Sullivan. Though she’s an alto, I believe, she has pretty good range. I think she would do her some justice. JHud can sang for sure but she’s not the only powerhouse voice in the industry.

  • ?? ?ee?? ???

    Oh yes I still play that to this day when I need to her something real. When they panned to the audience Sheryl Underwood and Soulja Boy had tears streaming down their face when Patti was singing . Yolanda Adams was singing her part of the tribute and then Patti came in singing and cut her off. She outsung her. You can tell by Yolanda’s facial expression that she was pissed off. Smh.

  • Connie

    OMG, she was 32 years old here! She looked like a teenager! RIP Queen!

  • Connie

    Whyyyyyyyy!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Now I really have to see this! LOLLOL!!!!

  • Ronnie Hill

    H.O.A.X.

  • ?? ?ee?? ???

    Watch it gurl NOW!! Patti’s hair was a 10, her dress was gorgeous.. titties was popping out.. makeup was on fleek. It was definitely a MOMENT ! “Did you ever know that you’re my Hero!?”

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!! I hope it's on YouTube...

  • ?? ?ee?? ???

    It is. Type in “Patti LaBelle- Gerald Levert tribute “

  • Quitedeliteful

    That performance was EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wreckognize Game

    Why??

  • Claudia

    damn sounds about right, better be like Whitneys homegoing

  • Connie
  • ?? ?ee?? ???

    Yes ma’am! I tol ya ???????

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Beautiful.

  • Shira Harding-James

    No she’s never been country. You’re thinking of Carrie Underwood.

  • Shira Harding-James

    ?

  • Vonn

    She sure was.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Ms. Aretha was a mess.

  • Li-Wright

    Add Bill Clintons name. Detroit is my birth home. This will be a big old celebration, wish I was there to see it.

  • Li-Wright

    2016 -- That's her boyfriend Willie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUjJhHgix4M

  • laidbackgal4real

    Aretha Franklin was such a beautiful woman ...May she rest in peace?

  • Kimocha

    Wow! What a nice mural... Now Detroit needs to do one too....

  • Alextra Ballard

    Rere to Windy: so you think I'm Gullible?
    Windy:I think you can be!
    ReRe:Bidch you Stewpit!
    Me.Lmmfaooo!!!

  • Dora LaBelle

    Who is Jazmine Sullivan? :)

  • Dora LaBelle

    She still sounds good!

  • Dora LaBelle

    Naw.

  • Dora LaBelle

    Hell no. Neither one of them.

  • Ni Ni

    Aretha was a whole mess ?.

  • justlooking

    OHHH MY GAWD it was hilarious!!!!!!!

  • Alextra Ballard

    Chiiiile! Yes it was!!!..Ol Windy laughed it off.