All-star funeral for music icon Aretha Franklin begins

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Held at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple, Franklin's funeral will bring her week of tributes to a close with a livestreamed, all-day ceremony, scheduled to start at 10 a.m. ET.

Attendees applauded as former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton entered the church; the former president will speak, along with Rev. Jesse Jackson and singer Smokey Robinson. Ariana Grande, Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Ron Isley, Chaka Khan, Fantasia Barrino-Taylor and Jennifer Hudsonare among the artists set to perform in the star-studded service.

The crowd at Franklin's funeral cheered, with some people standing up.

Following Franklin's death on August 16 at the age of 76, Trump paid tribute by saying, "She worked for me on numerous occasions". "She was a full-service queen". An arrangement from singer Sam Moore included a card that read, "You know I always adored and loved you to bits and pieces".

From a hearse that carried Rosa Parks to a moving gospel remembrance, this week has been all about celebrating Aretha Franklin's memory.

Franklin's arrival in repose at the city's Greater Grace Temple on Friday morning was met by a throng of mourners who had waited hours to pay their respects. The tribute is a nod to Franklin's funky '80s tune, "Freeway of Love", which prominently featured the vehicle in the lyrics and video. Yet there's no denying the star-power attending her final send-off. Through her voice, her own voice, Aretha lifted those of millions inspiring and empowering the vulnerable, the downtrodden, and everyone who may have just needed a little love.

But Ellis also cautioned against those looking to watch Aretha Franklin's funeral and expecting to see a concert or a celebrity spectacle.

As the last of Franklin's family members took their seat, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, who is officiating the service, asked the congregation to stand and applaud them. 'We used to talk about that - we saw a lot of soldiers go'.

'There are some girls who haven't been born yet. who will be inspired by Aretha, ' he said. She had 77 entries in the US Billboard Hot 100 and 20 No 1 singles on the R&B chart.

A processional of Franklin's family and other loved ones filled the aisles.