ROBERT HARDMAN watches as Motown stars join mourners to pay respect for the Queen of the Soul

The performance of Ariana Grande was well received, with the audience breaking into applause when she finished

Even by real standards, this was a great farewell.

The United States had come to bid farewell to Aretha Franklin at the Great Grace Temple in Detroit with a service that was already scheduled to last six hours at the beginning.

Then it began an hour and a half late due to the large number of people who came en masse to pay their respects.

As a result, the metropolis of music and engines began its exhaustive tribute to the Queen of the Soul yesterday morning and was still going strong until late afternoon.

The performance of Ariana Grande was well received, with the audience breaking into applause when she finished

The performance of Ariana Grande was well received, with the audience breaking into applause when she finished

Youthful Grande jumped to sing (You Make Me Feel Like) A natural woman, a Franklin hit decades before she was born

Youthful Grande jumped to sing (You Make Me Feel Like) A natural woman, a Franklin hit decades before she was born

Youthful Grande jumped to sing (You Make Me Feel Like) A natural woman, a Franklin hit decades before she was born

Detroit was determined to show the world its own version of a state funeral, with a cavalcade of pink Cadillacs (a tribute to Aretha's 1985 hit, Freeway Of Love, in which she sang & riding in my pink Cadillac & # 39;), a former president, entire banks of charismatic pastors and preachers, in addition to numerous celebrities who consciously balance themselves against the joyful and contagious vibes of gospel.

What we all really wanted to hear, of course, was music.

For a talent of this magnitude, a prodigy who had his first record deal at age 12 and was still packing seventy-year-old halls, a diva acclaimed by Rolling Stone magazine as the "greatest singer of all time" was going to There must be some pretty exemplary music.

Jennifer Hudson captivated the crowd at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit on Friday with her emotional and powerful performance

Jennifer Hudson captivated the crowd at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit on Friday with her emotional and powerful performance

Jennifer Hudson captivated the crowd at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit on Friday with her emotional and powerful performance

Hudson made people swing on their feet and raise their hands in the air while screaming Amazing Grace at the funeral

Hudson made people swing on their feet and raise their hands in the air while screaming Amazing Grace at the funeral

Hudson made people swing on their feet and raise their hands in the air while screaming Amazing Grace at the funeral

People were standing as Jennifer Hudson showed up. She is ready to play the Queen of the Soul in an upcoming biopic

People were standing as Jennifer Hudson showed up. She is ready to play the Queen of the Soul in an upcoming biopic

People were standing as Jennifer Hudson showed up. She is ready to play the Queen of the Soul in an upcoming biopic

There is no pressure, therefore, on the long list of musical mourners, including Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Ariana Grande.

First, however, the tributes came. Dozens of them. And they did not hold back. Aretha had been the daughter of a famous preacher, the Rev Dr C L Franklin. She was raised in blazing attacks on the Bible and Sunday choirs.

Representatives of what seemed to be every church and denomination in Detroit lined up to honor one of their own and they did so with great passion.

Aretha Franklin arrived at the Great Grace Temple in Detroit on Friday morning in the 1940 hearse that transported her body to view earlier this week

Aretha Franklin arrived at the Great Grace Temple in Detroit on Friday morning in the 1940 hearse that transported her body to view earlier this week

Aretha Franklin arrived at the Great Grace Temple in Detroit on Friday morning in the 1940 hearse that transported her body to view earlier this week

Franklin's coffin was lowered by a red carpet before his starry funeral

Franklin's coffin was lowered by a red carpet before his starry funeral

Aretha Franklin arrived at the Great Grace Temple in Detroit on Friday morning in the 1940 hearse that transported her body to view earlier this week

It had been two hours before the performances finally started out courtesy of country music star Faith Hill singing What A Friend We Have In Jesus.

Shortly after, the young Ariana Grande leapt to sing (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, a Franklin hit decades before she was born.

The best seats in the house were not reserved for musicians or clerics, but for politicians.

The streets outside the funeral lined up with pink Cadillacs, a nod to the funky song of the 80s, & # 39; Freeway of Love & # 39; that presented the car in the letter and the video

The streets outside the funeral lined up with pink Cadillacs, a nod to the funky song of the 80s, & # 39; Freeway of Love & # 39; that presented the car in the letter and the video

The streets outside the funeral lined up with pink Cadillacs, a nod to the funky song of the 80s, & # 39; Freeway of Love & # 39; that presented the car in the letter and the video

A Cadillac with the name of Aretha stamped on the front is parked among hundreds of others who drove to the funeral

A Cadillac with the name of Aretha stamped on the front is parked among hundreds of others who drove to the funeral

A Cadillac with the name of Aretha stamped on the front is parked among hundreds of others who drove to the funeral

More than a hundred pink Cadillacs parked outside the Temple of the Great Grace during the funeral service of Aretha

More than a hundred pink Cadillacs parked outside the Temple of the Great Grace during the funeral service of Aretha

More than a hundred pink Cadillacs parked outside the Temple of the Great Grace during the funeral service of Aretha

Inside her golden coffin, Aretha is dressed in a full-length gold dress, with sequined heels, her fourth set since the first day of viewing.

Inside her golden coffin, Aretha is dressed in a full-length gold dress, with sequined heels, her fourth set since the first day of viewing.

Inside her golden coffin, Aretha is dressed in a full-length gold dress, with sequined heels, her fourth set since the first day of viewing.

As many speakers pointed out, the role of Aretha Franklin as a pillar and symbol of the civil rights movement was as important as its musical attributes.

The United States was, after all, resting a woman who had acted at the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King and at the inauguration of Barack Obama.

Her body, in a shiny sequined gold dress, had been taken to church in the same hearse that brought the great civil rights protester, Rosa Parks, to her final farewell.

Faith Hill kicked off the musical tributes with an energetic interpretation of "What A Friend We Have In Jesus".

Reverend Al Sharpton (pictured) spoke passionately of Aretha's work for the civil rights movement, and rebuked Trump during his speech.

Reverend Al Sharpton (pictured) spoke passionately of Aretha's work for the civil rights movement, and rebuked Trump during his speech.

Reverend Al Sharpton (pictured) spoke passionately of Aretha's work for the civil rights movement, and rebuked Trump during his speech.

Reverend Jesse Jackson is seen confronting a family member near Franklin's coffin

Reverend Jesse Jackson is seen confronting a family member near Franklin's coffin

Reverend Jesse Jackson is seen confronting a family member near Franklin's coffin

In the place of honor was the Reverend Jesse Jackson, a rather staggering candidate, twice a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, along with Bill Clinton.

The former president was doing his best to applaud and show that he was imbued with the spirit without exaggerating the movement of the head, the twists and the & # 39; Amens & # 39; Shadows of Theresa May on her current dance tour of Africa.

Another giant of the civil rights movement, the Rev. Al Sharpton, launched an effervescent riff attacking everyone, from President Trump to the Grim Reaper, with many "alleluia" of the congregation, before reading a message from Obama.

Louis Farrakhan, Reverend Al Sharpton, Reverend Jesse Jackson and former President Bill Clinton attend the funeral of Aretha Franklin

Louis Farrakhan, Reverend Al Sharpton, Reverend Jesse Jackson and former President Bill Clinton attend the funeral of Aretha Franklin

Louis Farrakhan, Reverend Al Sharpton, Reverend Jesse Jackson and former President Bill Clinton attend the funeral of Aretha Franklin

"From an early age, Aretha Franklin shook the world of anyone who had the pleasure of listening to her voice," Obama wrote.

"In the example she established, both as an artist and as a citizen, Aretha embodied the most revered virtues of forgiveness and reconciliation, while the music she did captured some of our deepest human desires, namely, affection and respect. "

A similar message from George W. Bush was received with generous applause. He told the congregation: "Aretha was a woman of accomplishments."

Franklin's granddaughter and grandson paid an emotional tribute to the grandmother they deeply admired during Friday's service

Franklin's granddaughter and grandson paid an emotional tribute to the grandmother they deeply admired during Friday's service

Franklin's granddaughter and grandson paid an emotional tribute to the grandmother they deeply admired during Friday's service

Clinton continued for more than double of his assigned five minutes, describing himself as an original & # 39; Aretha groupie & # 39; "He had the voice of a generation," he reflected, "perhaps the voice of a century."

Every chain of American society seemed united in respect and solemnity yesterday. By sheer chance, the great departure of Aretha Franklin coincided with the funeral of the Vietnam hero turned Republican, Senator John McCain.

The news networks found themselves leaping between the rigid upper lips and the uniforms of political and military establishments in Washington and the exuberant emotions exhibited in Detroit.

Bill Clinton talked about his friend Aretha Franklin and how hard he worked to get his big break

Bill Clinton talked about his friend Aretha Franklin and how hard he worked to get his big break

Bill Clinton talked about his friend Aretha Franklin and how hard he worked to get his big break

Clinton ended his speech by playing Franklin's "Think" from his phone to the microphone

Clinton ended his speech by playing Franklin's "Think" from his phone to the microphone

Clinton ended his speech by playing Franklin's "Think" from his phone to the microphone

He told the congregation before being president and first lady, that he and Hillary were "groupies of Aretha"

He told the congregation before being president and first lady, that he and Hillary were "groupies of Aretha"

He told the congregation before being president and first lady, that he and Hillary were "groupies of Aretha"

There was no sense of competence or incongruity. On the contrary, these two substantial commemorations seem to be generously complemented.

A person notably absent from both events, of course, was the current president.

The tributes to Aretha extended far beyond Detroit. Even that other Queen on the water had a tribute of her own.

The Change of Guard yesterday at Buckingham Palace broke with the usual repertoire of marching favorites when the Welsh Guards Band launched into Franklin's most famous success.

Story Exchange: Reverend Jesse Jackson speaks with former President Bill Clinton

Story Exchange: Reverend Jesse Jackson speaks with former President Bill Clinton

Story Exchange: Reverend Jesse Jackson speaks with former President Bill Clinton

Smokey Robinson, childhood friend of Franklin, said that his "biggest friend" had disappeared

Smokey Robinson, childhood friend of Franklin, said that his "biggest friend" had disappeared

Smokey Robinson, childhood friend of Franklin, said that his "biggest friend" had disappeared

The crowd leaned towards R-E-S-P-E-C-T and broke into applause at the end.

The chances of the British state may be a bit prolonged, but none comes close to this celebration / commemoration of the bladder (more than double the duration of the coronation).

Local politicians were not going to get lost, however. The mayor of Detroit took the stage to announce that the city council would change the name of its most famous park, Aretha Franklin Park.

Final words: Whoopi Goldberg is one of the many famous faces to say goodbye.

Final words: Whoopi Goldberg is one of the many famous faces to say goodbye.

Final words: Whoopi Goldberg is one of the many famous faces to say goodbye.

The city council then stood up as one to deliver an impromptu vote to ratify the decision, which provoked much applause. Well also. Much more elegant than an airport. No queen wants to be remembered for the loss of luggage.

Realizing that a major highway would carry the singer's name, another worthy citizen stood on the lectern and demanded that the United States issue a postage stamp of Aretha Franklin.

The governor of Michigan even suggested that his voice should be recorded as an official natural resource.

There is not the remotest possibility that future generations of Detroit have not heard of the great Aretha Franklin.

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