Stars arrive at Aretha Franklin's funeral

Stars arrive at Aretha Franklin's funeral

Stars arrive at Aretha Franklin's funeral

Franklin looked resplendent in a crimson dress and matching high heels in her gold casket during the first day of a public visitation at Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

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. The tribute is a nod to Franklin's funky '80s tune, "Freeway of Love", which prominently featured the auto in the lyrics and video.

The funeral will start with music from the Aretha Franklin Orchestra, but also includes performances by Faith Hill, Ariana Grande, the Clark Sisters, Chaka Khan, Ron Isley, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, and Stevie Wonder. Reverend Jesse Jackson and former President Clinton are scheduled to speak at the ceremony. Robinson and Franklin grew up together in Detroit.

Ever the diva, Franklin's outfit was the third "costume change" over the course of her several viewings since her death on 16 August: this final time, a rose gold gown.

"My husband said, 'Wouldn't it be awesome if we could have a sea of pink Cadillacs parked on Seven Mile Road to greet Ms. Aretha Franklin as she arrives?'" Ellis told NPR.

'From a young age, Aretha Franklin rocked the world of anyone who had the pleasure of hearing her voice.

Friday's service will touch on Franklin's significance to her friends, family and fans, organizers told CNN.

Included in the choir was Dorinda Clark Cole of the Grammy-award winning Clark Sisters; Evelyn Turrentine Agee; Sandra Feva, who sang background for Franklin for many years; and recording artist and now-evangelist, Laura Lee.

The service will reflect Franklin's strong gospel roots. She said Franklin was extremely supportive of Parks. Thursday night, a concert in her honor was held in downtown Detroit. She stood on the front lines of the civil rights movement, where her music served as a frequent anthem. Dubbed "A People's Tribute to the Queen", free tickets for the show sold out in seconds Monday, with fans eager to see performers including Gladys Knight, the Four Tops and Johnny Gill.

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