It seems Chaka Khan had other reasons for having a fan up on-stage during Aretha Franklin's funeral, as she apparently used it as a cover-up to be able to read lyrics during her performance.
Aretha Franklin's funeral was a star-studded event meant to pay tribute to the late Queen of Soul. This meant an entire afternoon filled with heartfelt tributes and renditions of her most iconic songs, as well as dedications and messages from her closest friends and family.
During one part of the ceremony, the legendary singer Chaka Khan performed the gospel classic "Goin' Up Yonder" during Aretha's Detroit funeral last Friday. While her performance itself was enough for fans to look in amazement, they were particularly amused by a large prop that she brought onstage. As she performed her piece, she held a big blue folding fan during her entire performance. While singing, a few hawk-eyed viewers even caught her reading from the back of her fan, which made it clear that she did not actually memorize what she was singing. Her frequent and obvious glances have made fans realize that she indeed had the lyrics to the song taped behind it.
People on Twitter had mixed reactions about what she did, some finding it amusing and hilarious, while some pointed out how unprepared she clearly was to perform. Ultimately, people commended her for doing a great job singing the popular gospel song, and for her clever idea that she had to remember the lyrics.
Franklin's star-studded performance was held at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple and was presided over by Bishop Charles H. Ellis III. The performances and tributes for the Queen of Soul were made by icons like former president Bill Clinton, Rev. Al Sharpton, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, and of course, Chaka Khan.
Her funeral was pegged as a celebration "fit for a queen", as that is exactly what Aretha is.
Rest In Peace, Queen of Soul!
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