The high-profile status of Aretha Franklin's funeral has been circling the press cycle since news first broke of her death.
On Friday, the legendary singer will be laid to rest in Michigan's largest city, and the ceremony is going to be EPIC! "I got in line at 4 p.m. on Monday". Songs will be provided by Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan and more.
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Franklin won 18 Grammy awards and was feted for her civil rights work, raising money for the cause and uplifting activists with her anthems. Letters from Bush and Obama are expected to be read at the funeral.
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The event will be a star-studded affair, as the Queen of Soul has touched and inspired the lives of so many. On Thursday night, a sold-out tribute concert was held at Detroit's Chene Park Detroit Amphitheatre.
The funeral comes the morning after more than 40 artists performed at a free concert, billed "A People's Tribute to the Queen", spanning the R&B, Gospel, Jazz and Blues genres in which Franklin excelled.
The world lost a queen and a bit of its soul with the passing of Aretha Franklin. One hundred pink Cadillacs also line the street outside. Robinson and Franklin grew up together in Detroit. "I love her. She was my longest friend".
Franklin's body has been lying in state at the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History over recent days, as thousands of fans gathered to pay their respects to the singer. He said they "talked all the time", the last just a couple weeks before she became too ill to speak."We saw all of our other close friends go", Robinson said.