"I’m certain that you are walking around heaven singing all day!” Jennifer Hudson said about the legendary singer.
The singer said her flight to New York City was canceled, so she traveled nearly 13 hours by tour bus to honor the "Queen of Soul" at the Pulitzer Prize ceremony.
At the time of her death, the late singer's family and lawyers had said that she had left no will.
Some felt the Queen of Soul would've been better served with a more expansive honor, however.
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Family members also called the Rev. Jasper Williams Jr.’s memorial eulogy "distasteful."
Bishop Charles H. Ellis III held the singer well above her waist, with his fingers pressing against one side of her chest.
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Bill Clinton, Cicely Tyson and others honored the Detroit-raised "Queen of Soul."
“And I hope she don’t mind, I don’t think she would, but I think I’m gonna come out of my shoes,” Barrino said before her moving performance in Detroit.
The legendary singer was fond of the pop star, who performed “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”
"We started out as, like, Aretha Franklin groupies or something," the former president said.
The bishop joked with the singer following her powerhouse performance of one of Franklin's classics.