Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, Yolanda, Adams, and Jennifer Holliday are set to perform at Aretha Franklin’s funeral service, according to CNN. Franklin passed away last week after battling pancreatic cancer. She was 76.
The singer left an undeniable stamp on music, with close friend Stevie Wonder sharing on CBS This Morning, “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.” The iconic singer’s funeral is set to be a four-day event with public viewings held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit before the funeral at Greater Grace Temple. Clive Davis is also planning a tribute concert for the singer set to take place in November at Madison Square Garden. Update: A long list of performers have joined the original lineup as plans for Aretha Franklin’s memorial continue to be announced. TMZ reports that Gladys Knight, Johnny Gill, Ron Isley, The Four Tops, and more will also join in celebrating the singer’s life. Dr. Louis Farrakhan will also attend as a guest. It’s unclear if this event is the same as the previously announced tribute featuring Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson, but the website reports that the performances will take place at the Chene Park Amphitheatre. TOPICS: