Ariana to perform at Aretha's funeral

Ariana Grande will be among the performers who will pay tribute to Aretha Franklin at her funeral on Friday.

Grande will be among entertainers Steve Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan and more.

Franklin's representative Gwendolyn Quinn says Franklin met Grande when the two performed at the White House in 2014 for then President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as part of the Women of Soul concert. Quinn says Franklin enjoyed meeting Grande at the time.

Franklin's family was moved by Grande's performance of (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman after the Queen of Soul's death on August 16.

Grande performed the song with The Roots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Besides performers, speakers include former President Bill Clinton, the Rev Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson.

Australian Associated Press