Aretha Franklin's casket arrives ahead of funeral

Aretha Franklin's casket arrives ahead of funeral

The funeral of Aretha Franklin is set to take place in a few moments at the Greater Grace Temple church in Detroit and in true "Queen of Soul" style, it's a glamorous affair.

The singer, known as the Queen of Soul, died earlier this month of pancreatic cancer.

As announced last week by her longtime publicist, stars like Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill and Ariana Grande are among the lineup scheduled to perform at the ceremony and pay their respects to the one-of-a-kind artist.

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.




Franklin's funeral will begin at 10 a.m. and will be live-streamed online. The Pink Cadillacs outside refer to a Franklin hit from the 1980s, "Freeway of Love". "I don't think he'd come, but it would be appropriate if they did come".

Dancing, excitedly taking selfies and filming parts of the concert on their cell phones, the evening was a chance for Detroit to celebrate the life and legacy of a towering figure regarded as local royalty.

Organizers of Aretha Franklin's funeral insist today will be a "spiritual" and not a "concert, show or awards production". Robinson and Franklin grew up together in Detroit. 'I love her. She was my longest friend'.

Franklin's body lay in repose Tuesday and Wednesday at the Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History in Detroit, with public viewings on both days, and she will be entombed alongside family members at Woodlawn Cemetery in the area. She was dressed in a sparkling full-length gold dress with sequined heels for her final outfit - the fourth outfit Franklin has worn during a week of events leading up to her funeral.

Related Articles

  • Apple set to launch its new iPhones on September 12

    Apple set to launch its new iPhones on September 12

    Apple sent out invitations to press on Thursday for a special event on september 12 at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, CA. Apple's event comes a month after smartphone leader Samsung unveiled its latest flagship handset, the Galaxy Note 9.
    Tears flow as John McCain's family say their goodbyes in Arizona

    Tears flow as John McCain's family say their goodbyes in Arizona

    He took office in the state in the early 1980s, first as a congressman and then as a senator in the seat once held by Sen. McCain's body is expected to leave the Arizona State Capitol around 9:15 a.m. where he has lain in state overnight.
    Trump Endorses Rick Scott, Ron DeSantis in Florida Races

    Trump Endorses Rick Scott, Ron DeSantis in Florida Races

    Graham takes 32 percent of those surveyed while Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has moved into second place with 25 percent. Josie Parke, 68, an interior designer in Coral Gables, said Trump's backing swayed her vote for DeSantis, too.
  • Trump 'terminating' NAFTA, calling replacement US-Mexico Trade Agreement

    Trump 'terminating' NAFTA, calling replacement US-Mexico Trade Agreement

    USA automakers have opposed raising the North American content requirement, but the United Auto Workers union has supported it. It also requires that 75 percent of the parts of cars sold in North America be produced in the United States or Mexico.
    Michael Cohen's lawyer admits to being source of CNN story

    Michael Cohen's lawyer admits to being source of CNN story

    Nevertheless, a A CNN spokesperson told Buzzfeed that "We stand by our story, and are confident in our reporting of it". But he had not confessed that he was actually a source until his admission to Buzzfeed.
    State flags ordered lowered as CT  remembers McCain

    State flags ordered lowered as CT remembers McCain

    In the past 13 months, John has urged us to listen to each other and restore the American people's confidence in their government. In his book " The Restless Wave ", which was published in May, McCain said he would be buried close to his classmate Charles R.
  • Google rebrands Indian payments app Tez ahead of global expansion

    Google's Indian payments app, launched a little less than a year ago as Google Tez , has around 22 million monthly active users. Already, 750 million transactions have been made with Dollars 30 billion in annual run rate of transaction value, he added.
    Iran and Syria sign defence and reconstruction deal

    Iran and Syria sign defence and reconstruction deal

    He added that "the chlorine shipments about which Russian Federation is talking are sent periodically for water plants to sterilize water in Idlib".
    Kaia Kanepi shocks Simona Halep

    Kaia Kanepi shocks Simona Halep

    The defeat marked the second-straight year in which Halep lost in the opening round of the U.S. The 26-year-old Halep won her first Grand Slam title earlier this year at the French Open.
  • Gary Cahill to stay and fight for Chelsea place under Maurizio Sarri

    Gary Cahill to stay and fight for Chelsea place under Maurizio Sarri

    Their next league game is on Sunday at Watford, who have also won their opening three games. Asked what is different to playing under Antonio Conte , Rudiger replied: "Stop comparing".
    McCain’s final statement to Americans: ‘Do not despair of our present difficulties’

    McCain’s final statement to Americans: ‘Do not despair of our present difficulties’

    Flag Code states that flags be lowered "on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress". McCain will depart Arizona for the final time at 12:30 p.m.as he travels to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
    Senator John McCain Remembered for Courage, Service, Patriotism

    Senator John McCain Remembered for Courage, Service, Patriotism

    Glioblastoma is the same form of brain cancer that took away the life of another Senate and Democrat icon Ted Kennedy in 2009. Congressmen from 1983-1987, representing Arizona's first district, and was a Senator from Arizona from 1987 until his death.