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Bill Clinton & Cicely Tyson Among Stars to Speak at Aretha Franklin's Funeral

By TheBlast Staff

Aretha Franklin is getting an A-List send-off with eulogies delivered by Presidents and Oscar winners.

Bill Clinton has been tapped as one of the headlining speakers at Franklin's service, which is scheduled for next Friday in Detroit. Clinton and Franklin go way back, and he even awarded her with the 1999 National Medal of Arts and Humanities Award when he was in office.

Bill Clinton and Aretha Franklin

Along with Clinton, notable speakers include, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, Smokey Robinson, Clive Davis and Cicely Tyson.

Many musical performances will be taking the stage in honor of the Queen of Soul, like Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Ronald Isley, Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan and Yolanda Adams.

The service will be held at Greater Grace Temple and only be open to "family, friends, dignitaries and special guests."

Franklin passed away last week at the age of 76 after battling cancer.

Aretha Franklin

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