Aretha Franklin's funeral to fuse spirit with star power

Rosalie Gross
August 31, 2018

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

The service is for family and friends only, meaning that members of the public will have to watch online or on a giant screen reportedly being erected near the church.

"I'm very nervous", Chaka repeated.

Bishop Charles Ellis III of Greater Grace knows well of the boldface guest list and surrounding pomp and circumstance, but he has a higher mission in mind for the service that may well exceed five hours.

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.

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

'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'. The church also hosted Rosa Parks' funeral in 2005, at which Franklin sang.

Headliners included The Four Tops, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Angie Stone, while a gospel choir took everyone to church, rousing the crowd to their feet with an electric, upbeat performance of classics and a powerful rendition of "Amazing Grace" by Tasha Page-Lockhart. "I think there will be some up hands clapping and feet dancing".

On Thursday, she lay resplendent in a rose gold outfit and matching Christian Louboutin stilettos. She is said to have had a costume change each day, having started the week in a red dress and yesterday being seen in blue.

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