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Aretha Franklin funeral: Performances announced

MEMORIES: Jennifer Hudson and Aretha Franklin (Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)

AS THE funeral for Aretha Franklin takes place today (Aug 31) more news regarding the service is being shared online.

New reports have revealed songs which will be performed at the ceremony, including Jennifer Hudson who'll sing Amazing Grace at the Queen of Soul's funeral in Detroit, Michigan.

The the late singing legend's memorial will take place at Greater Grace Temple today and will feature some of the star's own songs and hymns.

According to TMZ, Faith Hill will sing What A Friend We Have In Jesus at the funeral, Ariana Grande will perform Natural Woman, and Stevie Wonder will do a rendition of The Lord's Prayer and his hit As.

Following Aretha's passing, Jennifer - who will play the late singer in an upcoming biopic - paid a heartfelt tribute to Aretha, thanking her for "teaching me about your life".

She wrote on Instagram: "I have no words, so I will let the Queen say it ! But I will Say while teaching me about your life , u taught me so much about life and schooled me in mine. I will never forget those teachings (sic)"

Ariana was said to have been picked to perform at the wake after the late singer's family were touched by her performance of Aretha's hit (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman shortly after her passing two weeks ago.

The pop star said at the time: "I met her a few times. We sang at the White House and she was so sweet, she was so cute. It's an honour to have met her.

"She called me one time, one time only, and she goes 'Hi, it's Aretha,' and I'm like, 'Franklin?! I don't remember because it was Aretha Franklin on the phone and I didn't know what was happening.

"I was like: 'Oh my god, I'd be honoured to listen. Thank you for thinking of me. Just text me the MP3 or something.' And she was like, 'Well, I don't know how to do that so I'm just gonna send it to you.' And then like four months later I got a package with a CD. But it was nice. It was great."

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