Funeral for ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin Clinton inauguration

Who's speaking: Former President Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Cicely Tyson will be among the speakers.

Officiating the funeral is Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, who grew up with Franklin's sons, according to CBS News.

Robinson, the Motown great, remembered first hearing her play piano when he was just 8 and remaining close to Franklin for the rest of her life, talking for hours at a time. She wore a baby blue dress on Wednesday and a rose gold gown for a viewing Thursday at the Detroit church where her father was the longtime pastor.

The funeral service will also be aired in its entirety on SiriusXM satellite radio's Channel 49, the soul-music station that's been temporarily dubbed "The Aretha Franklin Tribute Channel".

Franklin's open casket was placed at the front of the church as mourners streamed by in advance of the service. "Let us all stand and thank them for sharing her with us".

The cars are a reference to her song, "Freeway of Love", in which she sings: "We goin' ridin' on the freeway of love in my pink Cadillac".




Many high-profile public figures are in attendance at Aretha Franklin's funeral in Detroit today, and the Rev. Al Sharpton was among those who spoke.

The ceremony - which is livestreaming above - will conclude at about 3:00 p.m. ET, after a performance from Jennifer Holliday and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir. Singers include Steve Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill and Chaka Khan. This is not a concert, this is not a show, this is not an awards production.

Isiah Thomas, the former Detroit Pistons player and a friend of Franklin's, told CNN he could hardly believe the day had arrived to say goodbye.

'This is a real life that has been lived, that a person regardless of how famous she became no matter how many people she touched around the world'. 'We used to talk about that - we saw a lot of soldiers go'.

Following Franklin's death on August 16 at the age of 76, Trump paid tribute by saying, "She worked for me on numerous occasions".

Sabrina Owens, Franklin's niece, said she started putting thoughts to paper about events earlier this year as her aunt's health failed.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Florida candidate makes 'monkey' comment about black opponent
Aug 31, 2018 - 22:48
Asked if he's afraid of President Donald Trump's support for DeSantis , Gillum told CNN that his race is about uniting the state. White said DeSantis is not a good choice for Florida governor because the state has had single party rule for over two decades.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ariana Grande will perform at Aretha Franklin's funeral
Aug 31, 2018 - 17:48
After the funeral, Franklin will be entombed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit , along with her father, Rev. He said they 'talked all the time, ' the last just a couple weeks before she became too ill to speak.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top England recall Ali and Curran as Buttler keeps in fourth Test
Aug 30, 2018 - 22:44
Jonny Bairstow who suffered with a finger injury during third Test has recovered a lot and he is been included in the playing XI. India's opening pair of KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan got through four overs without trouble ending the day on 19 without loss.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Venus eyes potential clash with Serena
Aug 30, 2018 - 21:39
She faces Belarus' Victoria Azarenka next, after the former world number one beat Daria Gavrilova 6-1 6-2. The other was in the very first one in which they played each other, the 1998 Australian Open.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Iran Defense Minister in Damascus, says Will Help Rebuild Syria
Aug 29, 2018 - 06:27
A Pentagon spokesman on August 27 called the latest Russian accusations "lies" and "propaganda", and a Syrian war monitor agreed. Last week, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said Iran should remove its forces from Syria.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top President Trump threatens Google over allegedly "rigged" search results
Aug 29, 2018 - 04:50
In supporting this allegation, she goes to Google and looks through the first hundred listings on the search engine results page. The president slammed the tech giant for "rigging" search results to suppress conservative voices.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Manchester United's Jose Mourinho 'inspirational' to other managers - Mauricio Pochettino
Aug 29, 2018 - 03:51
The result means United have started a Premier League season with two defeats in their first three games for the first since 1992. After beating Leicester in its opener, United lost to Brighton 3-2 and now has three points after three rounds.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Lawyer backs off claims about information Cohen has
Aug 28, 2018 - 21:24
In other words, the story reports claims that Cohen had said he was willing to make, not the underlying truth of those claims . According to BuzzFeed News, Davis was the confirming source for all of that.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Services, memorial held in honor of McCain - KVOA | KVOA.com | Tucson, Arizona
Aug 28, 2018 - 21:01
The next day, the procession will pass the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and head to a funeral at Washington National Cathedral . McCain frequently battled with Donald Trump and his family has said he did not want the president to attend his funeral.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Halep stunned by Kanepi in US Open first round
Aug 28, 2018 - 20:23
She then reached the final in Cincinnati, making her a favorite at the U.S. Kaia Kanepi defeated Halep 6-2, 6-4 on Monday in the first round in NY .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Giants, Odell Beckham Jr. finalize massive five-year contract extension
Aug 28, 2018 - 20:10
Last season, Ramsey played 16 games and recorded four interceptions to go with 52 tackles on his way to his first Pro Bowl appearance.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump suggests United States close to 'big' trade agreement with Mexico
Aug 28, 2018 - 13:41
O'Neil of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States and the Road Ahead. S. talks have been complicated by divisions between the incoming and outgoing Mexican administrations over energy policy.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top U.S., Mexico Reach Trade 'Understanding' That Could Lead To NAFTA Overhaul
Aug 27, 2018 - 23:15
At the same time , President Donald Trump threatened to keep Canada, the third member of NAFTA, out of any new trade agreement. Canada and the USA are both on the eve of contentious mid-term elections, which could affect the timeline of the negotiations.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Colyer orders flags to be flown at half-staff to honor McCain
Aug 27, 2018 - 22:46
The flag was lowered to half-staff on the day of McCain's death and the following day as established by the federal code. Recent traditions saw flags lowered to half-mast between the Member of Congress' death and their burial.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top CD Projekt Red releases full gameplay demo for Cyberpunk 2077
Aug 27, 2018 - 22:30
Over the last few months, CD Projekt Red took the time to polish the demo to show the public and well, it looks insane. Cyberpunk 2077 will be a narrative-driven, open-world game set in a futuristic and risky metropolis called Night City.