Aretha Franklin Honored as Funeral Procession Begins

Aretha Franklin Honored as Funeral Procession Begins

Aretha Franklin Honored as Funeral Procession Begins

On Friday, the legendary singer will be laid to rest in Michigan's largest city, and the ceremony is going to be EPIC!

Thursday night at 6 p.m. will begin a marathon of live music to honor the Queen of Soul, according to TMZ.

Franklin's funeral will reportedly feature performances from headliners Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande.

U.S. president Bill Clinton, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Sony Music's chief creative officer Clive Davis will be among the speakers.

Franklin won 18 Grammy awards and was feted for her civil rights work, raising money for the cause and uplifting activists with her anthems.

Owens added, "It's going to be very hard after all this is over and people have all gone away". The church also hosted Rosa Parks' funeral in 2005, at which Franklin sang.

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Instead, the couple have sent a letter which will be read out during the service.

To be sure, the funeral which caps off a week of events that included high-profile public viewings and tribute concerts, comes with all-star speakers and performers. "It's truly inspiring to see how many hearts, how many people my grandma has touched", said Victorie Franklin.

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

"Aretha Franklin is awesome to me".

The "Ain't No Way" singer lies in her 24-karat-gold-plated casket at Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. "We were just cool all of our lives, and we stayed in contact, and we talked all the time up until she was no longer able to do that a few weeks ago", Robinson said on CNN.

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