#The411: Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill Set For Aretha Franklin's Funeral

Performers Set For Aretha Franklin’s Funeral

  • The Franklin family has announced that as many as 19 artists are set to perform at the service including Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Fantasia, Chaka Khan and Jennifer Hudson, who Aretha handpicked to play her in an upcoming biopic on her life.
  • The funeral will be held August 31st at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, open to family & friends only
  • An open viewing for the public will take place from 9am to 9pm on August 28th and 29th at Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Ed King Passes Away At 68

  • According to a post on his Facebook page, Ed King died at his Nashville home yesterday
  • He played guitar for Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1972-75 and 1987-1996.
  • He co-wrote the Southern rock band's 1974 classic "Sweet Home Alabama," and that's his voice counting off the "One, two, three..."
  • A cause of death was not specified, though King had been battling lung cancer and had recently been hospitalized for the disease.
  • Funeral arrangements are unknown

TV Roundup

The Goldbergs

  • Rick Springfield is set to make a guest appearance on the upcoming season
  • He’ll appear in the show’s third episode, playing the owner of a karaoke bar
  • The new season premiers Sept. 26th at 8pm

Will & Grace

  • We know that David Schwimmer has been cast as Grace’s love interested in the upcoming season, but now we know that Matt Bomer has been cast as Will’s news anchor love interest
  • Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon has reportedly also signed on for multiple appearances on the show
  • Minnie Driver is also returning to shake things up; she’s back as Karen’s nemesis & stepdaughter

American Horror Story

  • The next season of “American Horror Story” is said to be a cross-over between the seasons “Coven” and “Murder House.”
  • Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott from the “Murder House” season are coming back to the show but it hasn’t been revealed who they’ll play in the new season
  • This is Britton’s first time coming back to the series since the first season but McDermott appeared for a moment during the “Asylum” season


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