Queen of soul Aretha Franklin goes home today

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The 10-time Grammy-award winning artist will be amongst music's biggest names to honor the Queen of Soul one final time Friday.

Page Six reports the reigning diva will receive new outfits for a third viewing on Thursday.

Mourners are gathering in Detroit for the funeral of Aretha Franklin.

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.

TRT World's John Brain reports.

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The traditional service saluted Franklin with words, scripture and songs. "I tend to be a very organized person", Owens said. Wright Museum of African American History an hour before public visitation was set to begin, The Detroit News reported.

According to the official program obtained by WDIV4, the funeral will begin at 9:30 a.m., and is scheduled to end at 3 p.m... though we wouldn't be surprised if it runs longer.

"I think it's going to be a very upbeat service".

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 daughter of a prominent Baptist preacher and civil rights activist, Franklin sang at the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr, as well as the inaugurations of presidents Clinton and Barack Obama.

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. She will be buried in Woodland Cemetery alongside her father and siblings.

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Tomorrow, Aretha will be laid to rest in a private funeral, where more will perform tributes.

Aretha Franklin had admirers all over the world, but she made Detroit her home.

Her grandchildren spoke briefly, delivering heartfelt thanks on behalf of their family.

Her granddaughter Victorie Franklin thanked the crowds, saying: "It's truly inspiring to see how many hearts, how many people my grandma has touched". 'We used to talk about that - we saw a lot of soldiers go'. Woodlawn also is the final resting place for Parks and numerous Motor City's musical elite, including members of the Four Tops.

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