Aretha Franklin's funeral to fuse spirit with star power

Aretha Franklin's funeral to fuse spirit with star power

Furthermore, Pistons great Isiah Thomas is set to speak during the service.

The speakers at Friday's invitation-only funeral at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple include former President Bill Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson.

There will also be tributes by Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande.

Detroit has been preparing for the funeral of the iconic singer, who died of pancreatic cancer on 16 August at the age of 76. "I got in line at 4 p.m. on Monday".

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

The street outside Greater Grace will be lined with pink Cadillacs - a nod to Franklin's funky '80s tune, 'Freeway of Love, ' which prominently featured the auto in the lyrics and video.

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. But he says the focus still has to be squarely on the Queen of Soul. The church also hosted Rosa Parks' funeral in 2005, at which Franklin sang.

The event will be a star-studded affair, as the Queen of Soul has touched and inspired the lives of so many.

"I think it's going to be a very upbeat service".

Thomas first became friends with Franklin, a life-long Detroit resident, after he joined the Pistons in the 1980s.

The concert followed three days of public viewings of her open, golden casket that drew thousands at her father's New Bethel Baptist Church, and the Charles H. Wright Museum for African-American History.

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