Aretha Franklin's funeral to fuse spirit with star power

Aretha Franklin's funeral to fuse spirit with star power

The casket carrying the late singer Aretha Franklin arrives at the Greater Grace Temple for her funeral service in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., August 31, 2018.

Gladys Knight is paying tribute to her friend, Aretha Franklin. On Thursday night, a sold-out tribute concert was held at Detroit's Chene Park Detroit Amphitheatre. Watch her performance here!

Part of the day's festivities for the "Queen of Soul" will be streamed, so that fans worldwide can celebrate Franklin along with those in attendance.

The six-hour funeral, which begins at 14:00 BST, will feature performances from Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, and Chaka Khan. Franklin also sang at President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009. "She worked for us", said Sharpton.

"Aretha never took orders from nobody but God", Sharpton said.

"I remember when I was a kid people used to always ask me what does it feel like to be Aretha Franklin's granddaughter?"

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Franklin was dressed in a different outfit for each of three days of public viewings, visited by thousands in her MI hometown.

Ranked the best singer of all time by Rolling Stone in 2008, Franklin received many accolades over the years.

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

Pink Cadillacs - some having been driven across the country - parked en masse outside the church, expected to follow her cortege to the cemetery where she is to be buried alongside her father and siblings.

Barbara Sampson read a statement from former President George W. Bush, saying that Franklin would continue to inspire future generations. Since Franklin's death, Owens said a close group she described as "Aretha's angels" have "worked tirelessly" and have been guided by a single question: "What would Aretha want?"

Franklin's final days have been treated as a royal goodbye.

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