Aretha Franklin's funeral fit for a queen

Aretha Franklin's funeral fit for a queen

Aretha Franklin's funeral fit for a queen

The very same 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse that carried her father and Rosa Parks at their funerals transported Franklin to the Greater Grace Temple.

"She gave us pride". "She worked for us".

"I love her and I respect who she was and who she is and all of those kinds of things", Knight added.

He said when he sat down with Franklin in 1979, she was already the Queen of Soul.

Many in the pews ignored repeated calls of no phones permitted as people partook in taking selfies with attendees such as former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton as they filed in.

As the last of Franklin's family members took their seat, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, who officiated the service, asked the congregation to stand and applaud them.

Franklin's funeral drew big names in music and politics to Detroit on Friday. A new generation of singers like Grande who are inspired by the late Queen of Soul is just the beginning.

Others from the world of show biz seen in the church included Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill, Tyler Perry and Jenifer Lewis.

The funeral will start around 10 Greater Grace but will be streamed across the entire world.

The service will reflect Franklin's strong gospel roots.

The experience, Lawrence said, demonstrates an important lesson Franklin can teach women.

Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As they passed, they saw the singer's body dressed all in gold, with a long sequin gown and high heels to match her gleaming gold casket.

Additionally, among those honoring Franklin Friday were about two dozen owners of Pink Cadillacs who arrived at the church early Friday.

Former president Bill Clinton, Michigan governor Rick Snyder, and Detroit mayor Mike Duggan also spoke at the funeral, while Franklin's friend Barbara Simpson read a statement from former president George W. Bush, who was likewise unable to attend.

Floral arrangements from such singers as Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett and from the family of Otis Redding, whose "Respect" Franklin transformed and made her signature song, were set up in a hallway outside the sanctuary. That's a nod to her funky '80s tune of the same name that prominently featured the vehicle in the lyrics and video. Among the gospel voices expected to fill Greater Grace include Marvin Sapp, the Clark Sisters and Vanessa Bell Armstrong. "But they would want us to celebrate their lives because they transitioned from this life to a better one". The country star took the stage behind Franklin's shining gold casket to perform in front of hundreds gathered to remember Aretha, who passed away of pancreatic cancer on August 16 at the age of 76.

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