Aretha Franklin to be remembered, mourned at funeral service in Detroit

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Although the funeral itself it not open to the public, the program will be broadcast on TV and streamed live online, including on The Washington Post's website.

The singer has returned to the church where her father was once the pastor, and where she first began singing in the gospel choir, before she began her road to stardom aged 14.

In fact, the Lakers star will have a front-row pew for the late singer's memorial Friday at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple, a Franklin family representative confirmed to USA Today .

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.

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

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Besides performers, speakers at the funeral include former president Bill Clinton, Clive Davis, Smokey Robinson, reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, Cicely Tyson, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. There was also gold material draped inside her "Queen of Soul"-inscribed casket, with an arrangement of blush pink and purple flowers lining the altar". Their performances are expected to honor Franklin's strong gospel roots.

Her funeral will be held at Greater Grace Temple, with Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande said to be performing.

Still, the get-down and uplift can certainly coexist. He adds the "dearly departed" want a celebration to mark their transition "from this life to a better one".

The 76-year-old singer, beloved by millions around the world, died of cancer on August 16, closing the curtain on a glittering six-decade career that made her one of America's most celebrated artists.

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