Her invitation-only funeral is taking place at Greater Grace Temple, one of the largest and most famous churches in the city. Following her performance, Reverend Charles Ellis took the stage to thank Grande for her tribute and jokingly apologized for thinking she was a "new item on the Taco Bell menu" when he initially saw her name on the program.
"I didn't know, especially this soon, that I was going to have to say goodbye to you".
Family members, among them granddaughter Victorie Franklin and niece Cristal Franklin, spoke with awe and affection as they remembered a world-famous performer who also loved gossip and kept pictures of loved ones on her piano.
The 25-year-old was seen walking into the church with her fiancé, Pete Davidson, by her side, causing a frenzy. The Band of the Welsh Guards paid tribute to the "musical icon" who was a "huge influence and inspiration to our musicians", the Army in London posted on Facebook. No, she performed for you, ' he said as the audience got to their feet and clapped. "I was like, 'How are you a real person?' It's an honor to have met her, and we're gonna celebrate her".
In addition to the 18 performances, the six-and-a-half hour service will feature speakers including former president Bill Clinton, who gave both a amusing and heartfelt tribute to Franklin. He stans! "This woman got us all here in these seats today, not because she had this breathtaking talent, which she did, not because she grew up as at least the princess of soul... but because she lived with courage".
Franklin, 76, died of pancreatic cancer on August 16.
Robinson, the Motown great, remembered first hearing her play piano when he was just 8 and remaining close for the rest of her life, talking for hours at a time.
Franklin's homegoing celebration in Detroit, where she was raised, began Monday with a concert at her hometown church, followed by two days of public visitation at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and then another visitation Thursday at New Bethel Church.
"I embodied her spirit because that's one of her favorites", Brazil told the Guardian earlier this week.