The queen of soul, Aretha Franklin, left us last week after a battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. Her funeral is set to take place on August 31st at 10 a.m. ET at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. 

Among the stars scheduled to perform at Aretha’s funeral are Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Faith Hills, Chaka Khan and much more. 

A tribute concert planned by music producer Clive Davis will take place in November at Madison Square Garden. The concert, tentatively titled “Clive Davis Presents: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin”, was reportedly in plans months before Aretha’s passing.  

“I’m absolutely devastated by Aretha’s passing,” said Clive Davis. “She was truly one of a kind. She was more than the Queen of Soul. She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world. Apart from our long professional relationship, Aretha was my friend. Her loss is deeply profound and my heart is full of sadness.” 

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