Her casket was carried to the church that also took Franklin's father, legendary minister C.L. Franklin, and civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks to their final resting places at Woodlawn Cemetery, where the singer will join them.
In addition to singing like a Black church classic, former President Bill Clinton, Jackson and Smokey Robinson will speak during the ceremony.
While the occasion brought forth many celebrities and well-known figures who were close to the Queen of Soul, people still could not stop talking about Clinton knowing "Total Praise".
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan took to the podium to announce a proposal to rename the city's waterfront Chene Park after Franklin.
Franklin's white hearse arrived more than two hours before the service was scheduled to start. And yes before you ask, Hillary Clinton was in the audience.
"Nothing sounded better to me than my grandmother's voice", said Victorie.
All the while, Franklin laid in a casket made of solid bronze and embroidered with her name and "Queen of Soul" title, according to the Detroit Free Press.
In the church lobby were floral arrangements from some of Franklin's best-known friends, including Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross.
He continued, " While the music she made captured some of our deepest human desires, namely affection and respect, and through her voice, her own voice, Aretha lifted those of millions, empowering and inspiring the vulnerable, the downtrodden, and everyone who may have just needed a little love". "At that moment, I knew and understood that she was aware that her final days were near".
Gladys was attending Aretha's funeral in Detroit Friday when she told WDIV about their final conversation.
Friday's service will touch on Franklin's significance to her friends, family and fans, organizers told CNN.
Earlier in the week, mourners paid their respects during her public viewing at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The country star took the stage behind Franklin's shining gold casket to perform in front of hundreds gathered to remember Aretha, who passed away of pancreatic cancer on August 16 at the age of 76.
"We knew we wanted to have certain gospel artists like the Williams Brothers and Pastor Shirley Caesar", Owens said.
For all her world travels, Detroit - where she came of age in the creative hotbed of an R&B scene that would also launch Motown Records - remained a touchstone. Stevie Wonder rounded out the celebration by playing the harmonica and offering words, followed by a performance of "I'll Be Loving You Always". "And you're going to be one of the featured voices in the choir of angels, because you'd have to be".
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