"I got in line at 4 p.m. on Monday".
The event will be a star-studded affair, as the Queen of Soul has touched and inspired the lives of so many.
Wanting to keep the funeral service private to those closest to Franklin, though it will be streamed and portions broadcast by major networks, her family worked to provide Franklin's many fans an extended opportunity to say goodbye this week, Owens explained. There are musical tributes planned from several artists, including Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia and Jennifer Holliday. Their performances are expected to honor Franklin's strong gospel roots.
The Respect hitmaker will be laid to rest in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan, later today.
More than 100 pink Cadillacs, a nod to her 1985 hit "Freeway of Love", will reportedly line up outside the church. She will be performing the classic gospel song, "I'm Going Up Yonder". Robinson and Franklin grew up together in Detroit. He adds the "dearly departed" want a celebration to mark their transition "from this life to a better one".
"I do not plan anything (with) someone I love like that", Robinson, the Motown great, told The Associated Press.
He said they 'talked all the time, ' the last just a couple weeks before she became too ill to speak.
Earlier in the week, CNN reported that a niece of Aretha's showed up with burgers, water and t-shirts for fans queuing to see the Queen Of Soul.
"I think she's wonderful and I know that the spirit of God that's in her is what brought all of us here".