Victorie Franklin, a granddaughter, said at the Queen of Soul's funeral that she will always cherish being part of Franklin's legacy, recognizing parts of her grandmother in her.
"She gave us pride". "She worked above you".
Bishop Charles H. Ellis said after the song that he felt old because when he saw "Ariana Grande on the program, I thought it was a new something at Taco Bell", but said he now owed her some respect.
"Our attractive waterfront jewel will be Aretha Franklin Park, and when performers from generations to come from around the world come here, they will be reminded they are performing at the home of the 'Queen of Soul, '" he said.
Many in the pews ignored repeated calls of no phones permitted as people partook in taking selfies with attendees such as former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton as they filed in.
Massive crowds lined up outside the church, hoping for the chance to pay their respects and take their seats among the star-studded funeral-goers that included Franklin's fellow musicians, famous actors, athletes, religious leaders and a former US President. But as several friends and family members spoke at her funeral, they also shared intimate details about her final days.
Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Holliday and Ron Isley also performed.
The funeral will start around 10 a.m.at Greater Grace but will be streamed across the entire world.
Clinton elicited laughter and applause as he reflected on his decadeslong friendship with Franklin.
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Davis said Franklin loved Detroit and living in the city of Detroit.
Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In addition to singing like a Black church classic, former President Bill Clinton, Jackson and Smokey Robinson will speak during the ceremony.
Mourners got a glimpse of the Queen of Soul before her funeral Friday during an open casket viewing at the Greater Grace Temple.
Franklin's body arrived, in a 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse, more than two hours before the service was scheduled to start. The tribute is a nod to Franklin's funky '80s tune, "Freeway of Love", which prominently featured the vehicle in the lyrics and video.
In the church lobby were floral arrangements from some of Franklin's best-known friends, including Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross.
"It is my goal and my aim to ensure that people leave here with some kind of spiritual awakening", Ellis said. Among the gospel voices expected to fill Greater Grace include Marvin Sapp, the Clark Sisters and Vanessa Bell Armstrong.
Here are five memorable moments from the Queen's celebration of life.
Sharpton couldn't help but take a swipe at President Trump for referring to Franklin as someone who "used to work for me" the day she died from pancreatic cancer on August 16.