Family, fans to bid farewell to Aretha Franklin with music-filled funeral

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Coverage begins at 9 a.m. on Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit. Songs will be provided by Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan and more.

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

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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.


TMZ caught up with the "I'm Every Woman" belter at the airport on her way to Detroit from Los Angeles.

Aretha was said to have been dressed in a rose gold dress and gold sequinned heels for the final day, with huge bunches of flowers surrounding her and her gold casket. "I think it's going to be a very jubilant service", Bishop Charles Ellis, the officiating pastor, said this week.

The daughter of a prominent Baptist preacher and civil rights activist, Franklin sang at the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr, as well as the inaugurations of presidents Clinton and Barack Obama. Thursday night, a concert in her honor was held in downtown Detroit.

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


'There are some girls who haven't been born yet. who will be inspired by Aretha, ' he said.

Although the funeral itself it not open to the public, the program will be broadcast on TV and streamed live online, including on The Washington Post's website.

"I think she's wonderful and I know that the spirit of God that's in her is what brought all of us here". But he says the focus still has to be squarely on the Queen of Soul.


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