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Donald Trump Dissed at Aretha Franklin Funeral While Bill Clinton Goes Viral

It was a celeb-packed event with performances by Ariana Grande, Smokey Robinson and Faith Hill — but here's what else happened

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Aretha Franklin’s funeral on Friday in Detroit, Michigan, was a testament to the impact she made on the world both through her music and her personal relationships.

Franklin passed away earlier this month from advanced pancreatic cancer at age 76.

Notable attendees at the funeral included Smokey Robinson, Al Sharpton and Bill Clinton.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced at the funeral that the city would be naming Chene Park after Franklin.

“Our beautiful waterfront jewel will be Aretha Franklin Park, and when performers from generations to come from around the world come here, they will be reminded they are performing at the home of the ‘Queen of Soul,'” he said.

Fellow musician Smokey Robinson called Franklin his “longest friend” when he took the stage and spoke to the massive crowd.

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“I’ve been watching the celebration of your life from everywhere,” said Robinson, addressing his lifelong friend from the stage, “and I’ve been doing interviews from everywhere, from all over the world. In fact, the last one I did was from Brazil and the station that I was talking on covered all of South America. So the world is celebrating you. And the world is mourning you and the world is going to miss you.”

Robinson then sang his song, “Really Gonna Miss You.” The lyrics include such lines as, “For the rest of my life, I’m gonna be thinking about you.”

Robinson ended his time on stage by saying to Franklin, “I will love you forever.”

Others who performed in honor of Franklin were musicians Ariana Grande and Faith Hill.

Grande performed Franklin’s hit “Natural Woman” — but her performance was overshadowed by a moment from Bill Clinton that has gone viral online.

Faith Hill, meanwhile, sang, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”

Letters from formers Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama were also read at the service.

“Laura and I are deeply saddened by the loss of the ‘Queen of Soul,’ Aretha Franklin. Our hearts ache for you and our prayers are with you. Aretha was a woman of achievement with a deep character and loving heart. She made important and lasting contributions to American music with her gospel-inspired style and distinctive voice,” read a letter from W. and his wife.

Bush had previously awarded Franklin the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the highest civilian honor — in 2009.

Sharpton read the letter from Obama and his wife.

“Aretha Franklin rocked the world of anyone who had the pleasure of hearing her voice. Whether bringing people together through thrilling intersections of genres or advancing important causes through the power of song, Aretha’s work reflected the very best of the American story,” said the letter in part.

Sharpton also couldn’t resist bringing politics into the event as he took shots at Trump and the president’s reaction to Franklin’s recent death.

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“When word went out that Ms. Franklin passed, Trump said, ‘She used to work for me.’ No, she used to perform for you. She worked for us,” said Sharpton. “Aretha never took orders from nobody but God.”

The words were in response to Trump’s comment that Franklin had “worked” for him on “numerous occasions.”

On a more personal note at the funeral, Franklin’s granddaughter, Victorie Franklin, said she knew Franklin more as a grandparent than a musician.

“I remember, when I was a kid, people used to always ask me what does it feel like to be Aretha Franklin’s granddaughter? I would always shrug my shoulders and go I don’t know. It’s just my grandma,” she said.

“Her voice made you feel something. You felt every word, every note, every emotion in the songs she sang. Her voice brought peace.”

She continued, “When I would go to her shows and watch her sing it would be the best feeling in the world. Nothing sounded better to me than the way my grandma sings. Her voice made you feel something. You felt every word, every note, every emotion in the songs she sang. Her voice brought peace.”

To see more on the funeral services for Aretha Franklin, check out the video below:

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