Aretha Franklin funeral of the bishop mistakes Ariana Grande is the name for the ‘something new at Taco Bell

Ariana Grande performs during the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at Greater Grace Temple, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Detroit.

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The set list for Aretha Franklin’s Detroit funeral began with singers such as Faith Hill and Ariana Grande celebrate the life of ” the Queen of Soul.” But it went a bit strange when the ceremony of the bishop, that he did not know exactly who Grande.


Bishop Charles H. Ellis, who presided over the Queen’s grand funeral service, thank you Grande for her moving delivery of “Natural Woman,” which she also sang live on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” the day of Franklin’s death on Aug. 16.


But while thank Grande for her performance, Ellis admitted that he was not familiar with the young artist before and said that he felt old, because when he saw “Ariana Grande on the program, I thought it was a new something at Taco Bell.”

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

The bishop said that after seeing her performance, he now owed her “a little respect.”

Grande was not the only A-lister to attend Franklin the ceremony.

Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Tyler Perry, Whoppi Goldberg, Stevie Wonder, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Faith Hill, T. D. Jakes, Jennifer Holliday, Jesse Jackson, Omarosa Manigault Newman, Rep. Maxine Waters, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan were all spotted in the Detroit of the church.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


A lot of people in the pews ignored repeated calls of no phones allowed, when people took part in the taking of selfies with attendees, such as former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton as they filed in.

Grande, who was spotted in the chapel with her fiancé, Pete Davidson, was also snapped taking selfies with Hillary Clinton and the embrace of the former presidential candidate.

In addition to Grande’s performance, Tim McGraw’s wife, singer Faith Hill, kicked off the service with a star-studded list with a lively performance of “What a Friend we have in Jesus,” which brought the audience to their feet.

Motown legend Smokey Robinson followed with a speech, which is in the song. The singer serenaded the Queen on stage and blew a kiss on her chest before leaving the stand.


You can find Morgan M. Evans on Twitter @themizfactor.

Follow us

Don't be shy, get in touch. We love meeting interesting people and making new friends.

Most popular