The Queen of Souls is retired on Friday after a memorial service in Detroit, the city she spent most of her life at home.
The 10:00 am service, which closes at 3:00 pm, runs around an hour behind schedule and is televised and live streamed online, including in the video player above. Below are updates from the service:
12:26 pm. After Michigan Governor Rick Snyder offered comments, Ariana Grande hosted "(They make me feel like a natural woman") – one week after hosting the iconic tune as a homage to Franklin on "The Tonight Show" Jimmy Fallon on that night of time when she received a startling call from the iconic singer who asked if Grande would review a relative's music samples.
"I was like," Oh my god, I would be honored to listen. Thank you for thinking about me. Text me the MP3 or something, "Grande recalled." It was like, "Well, I do not know how to do that, so I'll send it to you. & # 39; Four months later, I got a package with a CD. "
12:10 pm Detroit mayor Mike Duggan has just announced that he will send a bill to the city council on Tuesday to help Chene Park," One their favorite places in the world "as Aretha Franklin Park rename." Generations that will come, "he said," will be remembered to occur in the home of the Queen of the Soul. "
His remarks followed the rendition "What kind of a friend do we have in Jesus?" Several prominent pastors and the bishops began the service by reading the scriptures and sharing the memories.
"Ubiquitous in Gifting, to show everywhere from the Pal most in England for the Queen singing show up in the back seat of a car in the middle of a commercial Aretha was everywhere, "said Bishop TD Jakes. "She was elegant enough to sing on the world's most famous stages, but she was enough homegirl to make potato salad and roast chicken in a class, all alone."
Mourners – including former President Bill Clinton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and Clive Davis – gathered at the Greater Grace Temple this morning for the memorial service of [19459023ArethaFranklinderDiedofthemonthofpancreaticcancer "It took a while for me to be here, but I believe the Queen would have had it otherwise," said Bishop Charles H. Ellis III of Greater Grace Temple telling the gathering
Many of the biggest names in music, including innumerable gospel stars, are to occur; Songs are offered by people like Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson.
Several famous associates, including Robinson and Davis, will share their personal thoughts. Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have sent a letter read by Rev. Al Sharpton.
Clinton, who also speaks, entered the sanctuary with Hillary Clinton, greeted by warm applause. Other participants include Whoopi Goldberg, Grande Fiancé, comedian Pete Davidson, caliph. Rep. Maxine Waters (D). Several other well-known musicians also sent flower arrangements, including Diana Ross, Elton John, and Barbra Streisand, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Before the arrival of the family and the casket with Franklin, several songs from the extensive catalog of the Queen of Soul in the sanctuary, including "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" and "I say a little prayer for you." When the choir sang a rousing rendition of the gospel "Marvelous", mourners jumped to their feet and sang along.
Just before 11am, the family entered the Greater Grace Temple when legendary gospel musician Richard Smallwood played the piano.
The iconic singer received almost every important award she received during her lifetime. These included the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Arts and 18 Grammys.
Franklin was joined by the same 1940s Cadillac LaSalle, which included Franklin Franklin's father and Franklin's father, Rev. CL.
Friday's funeral follows several days of honors, including a Thursday evening concert and public viewing in the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
Franklin had been dressed in four different outfits all week to the Associated Press. She will come to rest in a long golden dress with sequin heels.