Aretha Franklin to Have an Open Casket Public Viewing at Detroit Museum

"I was like, 'Franklin?'" Prior to the show, Grande also posted a photo of her and Franklin on Instagram.

Musician Jon Batiste said the parade of music and cultural pioneers shaped a young Aretha Franklin.

"I said, 'I'm honest about it. Want me to go home, clean up, scrub your floors?' She laughed and she said, 'No I don't want you to scrub my floors'".

"She was terrific - Aretha Franklin - on her passing". "But, you know, she did incredible music, incredible singer".

She also recalled receiving a call from Franklin, who wanted to have her nephew or grandson send her his music.

Aretha Franklin was a lot of things: genius, activist, diva, beauty, legend, and the list goes on.

The 18-time Grammy award victor cemented her place in music history with a powerful, bell-clear voice that stretched over four octaves, her generations of hits spanning from soul and R&B, to gospel and pop.

Aretha! Queen of Soul - Friday, Aug. 17, 8:30/7:30c on PBS (or check your local PBS listings).

On the other hand, Donald Trump could not resist opening his remarks on the singer's death with a little self-promotion.

Obama said "Aretha may have passed on to a better place, but the gift of her music remains to inspire us all". She wasn't able to speak back, but her family felt that she could hear me.

Tributes have been pouring in from celebrities and past and present presidents, honoring the "Queen of Soul". After watching her sing her heart out like that for one of her heroes, we totally understand why. "We sang at the White House and she was so sweet and she was so cute", the "No Tears Left to Cry" singer told host Jimmy Fallon later on in the show. But to her fans, her true title will always be the Queen of Soul. The show will reportedly be performed at New York City's Madison Square Garden on November 14, 2018. "The pop star joined house band The Roots for a special rendition of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman". "Every singer was influenced in some way by the way she sang, and they will forever be influenced by her because of her voice, her emotion; her sincerity is unforgettable..." How in the world does any individual sustain the spotlight on the level, over 50 years, like Aretha Franklin?

  • Kyle Peterson