On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, fans and Detroit residents will be able to attend a public viewing of late soul singer Aretha Franklin, who died back on Aug. 16 at the age of 76. The viewing takes place at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Franklin’s hometown and will be followed by a private funeral for family and friends on Aug. 31 where Ariana Grande, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan, Faith Hill and more are reported to perform.
A separate local report also goes on to state that the funeral service on Friday will be streamed live online and on television both locally and on national broadcasting outlets. Detroit residents can tune into several local stations including WDIV-TV, WJBK-TV and WXYZ-TV, while fans outside of the Detroit area can tune in to both Fox News and CNN, who will each be streaming a portion of the service. A detailed timeline of the event with performance schedules was not revealed in the report.
Grande was the latest announced performer for the upcoming service, which Pitchfork reported on Tuesday. Grande was set to perform on national television just a few hours after Franklin’s passing, where she would go on to team up with The Roots on “The Tonight Show” to give an emotional performance of the singer’s most popular hit, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” that same evening. Grande would go on to explain to host Jimmy Fallon about the few connections her and Franklin made in recent years both in person and over the phone. Grande is also currently busy promoting the release of her latest studio album, Sweetener, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 album sales chart following its arrival on Aug. 17.
Various artists including Gladys Knight, Johnny Gill, the Four Tops and Angie Stone are also set to perform at a "People's Tribute to the Queen” concert at Detroit’s Chene Park Amphitheatre on Aug. 30.