Ariana Grande Belts Aretha Franklin Standard In Tiny Dress

Inaugural gala of the National Portrait honors five the American Portrait Prize

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Grande, who has become one of music's biggest names over the past two years, was invited to perform at the funeral after impressing Franklin's family with her tribute on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show following the musician's death at 76 earlier this month.

The show closed with all the musicians banding together to sing Franklin's classic "RESPECT", while confetti littered the stage.

Watch a livestream of the funeral below.

"Aretha is my icon. Yes she was born into a musical culture... but she also worked for years, I mean years". Actress Whoopi Goldberg was also among those invited.

"Grande - clad in an itsy bitsy black dress and wearing her signature flowing ponytail - had just wrapped belting out "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" when Bishop Charles Ellis made the awkward remark.

As well as over 20 United States number ones, the star's biggest hits include, Respect and I Say A Little Prayer.

Taking to the stage, the starlet hit the high notes easily as she performed in front of the funeral congregation.

"You're gonna be one of the future voices in the choir of angels because you know you'd have to be. Not without failure, but overcoming her failure", he said. "She's given us all so much to be proud of".

During the procession, 100 pink Cadillacs lined the street outside the church.

Ariana Grande and her fiance, Pete Davidson, walked arm-in-arm and chatted with dignitaries like Bill Clinton before the funeral for Aretha Franklin.

Detroit regards Franklin as royalty. She wore a shimmering gold dress, with sequined heels - the fourth outfit Franklin was clothed in during a week of events leading up to her funeral.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan spoke at the ceremony and announced that the city would be renaming Chene Park, where the music legend once performed, to Aretha Franklin Park.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson told Franklin to "sleep on" and "I'll see you in the morning".

The daughter of a prominent Baptist preacher and civil rights activist, Franklin sang at the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the inaugurations of presidents Clinton and Barack Obama.

"Her remarkable talent helped shape our nation's artistic and cultural heritage and in 2005 it was my privilege to honour her with our country's highest civilian award - the Presidential Medal of Freedom".

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