How to watch Aretha Franklin's funeral


Furthermore, Pistons great Isiah Thomas is set to speak during the service.

Speakers include Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, city council president Brenda Jones, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, former president Bill Clinton, Al Sharpton, Tyler Perry, Clive Davis, Smokey Robinson, Isaiah Thomas, and more.

There will also be tributes by Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande.

Hudson's performance is highly anticipated - producer Harvey Mason Jr. told the gossip site that Franklin was excited about the biopic a week before she died on August 16.

Among those honouring Franklin Friday are about two dozen owners of Pink Cadillacs who arrived at the church early on Friday.

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The invitation-only funeral at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple caps off a week of high-profile public viewings and tribute concerts.

Her casket has been carried this week by a 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse that also took Franklin's father, legendary minister CL Franklin, and civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks to their final resting places at Woodlawn Cemetery, where the singer will join them. "It's truly inspiring to see how many hearts, how many people my grandma has touched", said Victorie Franklin.

"I think she's wonderful and I know that the spirit of God that's in her is what brought all of us here".

Franklin's body has been lying in state at the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History over recent days, as thousands of fans gathered to pay their respects to the singer. Yet there's no denying the star-power attending the Queen of Soul's final send-off.