Mourners gather for Aretha Franklin’s high-profile funeral

Chaka Khan

Who's speaking: Former President Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Cicely Tyson will be among the speakers.

Franklin was dressed in her third outfit of the week, a rose gold gown, for her final public viewing on Thursday.

Clinton and the Queen of Soul were longtime friends.

The high-profile status of Aretha Franklin's funeral has been circling the press cycle since news first broke of her death.

At home on both secular and sacred stages, Franklin's final service was heavily steeped in faith and gospel. "She was your friend, she was your mother, she was your aunt, and we're certainly going to miss that because she was always a Detroiter and never, never shied away from that ..."

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Her family wanted to keep the funeral service private to those closest to Franklin - though it will be streamed and portions broadcast by major networks - but worked to provide the singer's many fans an extended opportunity to say goodbye this week, Owens said. "We lost a family member and we haven't had a chance to come together as a group to truly realize that we have lost one who loved us so much and was so loyal to us".

One of Franklin's most iconic performances was at President Obama's 2009 inauguration, where she sang "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" in an over-the-top grey hat with a giant, rhinestone-studded bow. Guests rolled in for the event with signature Franklin style, arriving in 130 pink Cadillacs, a tribute to her song "Freeway of Love".

Aretha Franklin died August 16 from pancreatic cancer. This is not a concert, this is not a show, this is not an awards production. This is a real life that has been lived, that a person regardless of how famous she became no matter how many people she touched around the world, she still could not escape death.

At her tour stop Tuesday night in Detroit, Taylor Swift brought a hush for a minute of silence remembering Franklin. 'We used to talk about that - we saw a lot of soldiers go'.

"There are some girls who haven't been born yet. who will be inspired by Aretha", he said. Her niece, Sabrina Owens, will provide the obituary and Franklin's relatives-Vaughn, Cristal, Victorie and Jordan Franklin-will offer family reflections.

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