A final goodbye to Aretha Franklin: Celebrities gather for funeral celebration

Family and friends honored the singer and celebrated her life in a star-studded funeral and concert.
10:04 | 09/01/18

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But as so many pointed ou througher life, her family, and that indelible music -- ??? J Rep he was classy enough to sin the prominent stages in thworld. But she was rl ugh to make potato salad and se chicken. So if shes the queen of soul,very time she sang, she sarom her soul. She sanghis scial place that was in her soul,e it gospel, be it jazz, bet blues, be it r&b, it was always from her so. Reporr: Perhaps one of the most touching ttes com from one who knew her best, her granddaughter victory. Respected. I have that running through my blood, and that she's a P of who I am. Orter: And her grandson an. I'm sad today because losing my friend. Showed the world god'sove there's nothing more norable. Reporter: To her family, a and tivist.ll of life, she supportedhecauses. She was a feminist before minism was she wa civil rightst when it wt popular. And that's WRE all here. We don't all agr on everythingwe agree on arethaeporter: Many calling her music the soutrackf the civil rights vement. ??? R-e-s-p-e-c-t the height of the civil rights moveme outith song where you're spellint r-e-s-p-e-c-t. It moved theiv rhts movement. Pe mched tohat music. LE asked F respect.y, guratively theoretically. And she was centra that. Reporter: Her legac indaerg her to dignitaries, to former presid George W bush and Barack Obama paying he from af May T almighty comfort in your grief and sin you during this difficu time. Laura and I send our heartfelt symp. God you. George. Bush. ING a little prayer for you,nd we'll be thinking of all of Aretha lovednes in the days and wks come. Sincerely, Barack obam prest of the united states.r: 17 open hits. 18 awards. The numbers tell you everything and G. Becauseretha frin's voice was as much aons a rainbow. Something of impossible beauty and of thisworld. ???Hink that going to let yourself be free ??? Reporter: Ch greatnpiring her activism, empoweng so many. ??? Oh fre F freedom he's probably, you know, themost influential vocalist O the last 40 ??? looking out T pouring rain ??? Reporte those boong vocals heard on radio, big arenas- breaking barriers on T sma screen. Franklin was on televisi bng a black womanen we did see that M of them at all. Thwas no shonnd, there S no "In living color," none hat was happening. We had to grabt images to try to putogether like we it out. Arha wascentl. Reportoday's ceremony capping a week of tributes Wright her body cried in E ivory 1940 cadilla hears that brought her father legendary minister Franklin, and civil rights I ra parks, to their fin restingplac. Mourners lined up to P their O a diva the end. In a tedasket surrounded by roses. Franklin dressedn red allhe way down to toll low toes, ankles gracefully crossed. This the first of wt would be four wardrobe changes before was ld torest. 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I'm going to come out of myshs. Ror fantasia kicking off hhoes during a gospel overture. ?????? and a pops with a soule. Ariana Grae beltingut "You make me F L a nature woman." Make meal a nature woman ??? Reporter: Cly Davis reflecting on over decades so privileged to B and rsonally wness a mnitude of talent of this singer's singer mucian's music Reporter: The service N only a celebration of life C, but a testament to Frankl's long history of acsm. We thaer for what D with Dr. King. Her F what she's done witheverend Jackson. Wenk for what she's done with all O us. She had money aou buy iceam. Had car and could not S Y gasoline. Aretha ce out of bowels of our struggle. In T, her status as a queeunlike others whoerit a title, her title was earned. ??? Amazing ??? Reporter: Her royal highness, the DI queen of soul, ??? alw been lovi you forever ???

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