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Stars arrive for funeral of Aretha Franklin as hundreds of fans line the streets of Detroit to say goodbye

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While Twitter users think the icon looked obvious and unprepared, others are commending her for the clever idea (if she did have ulterior motives with her statement accessory). "I was like, 'How are you a real person?' It's an honor to have met her, and we're gonna celebrate her".

Ariana Grande powered through Franklin's 1968 hit "Natural Woman", with further tributes expected from Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson.

Anything for the Queen of Soul.

On a more personal note at the funeral, Franklin's granddaughter, Victorie Franklin, said she knew Franklin more as a grandparent than a musician.

Franklin's gold-plated casket stood on a white-clothed platform, flanked by enormous blooms of lavender, cream and pink roses, in the center of a church packed with smartly dressed mourners.

They filed past and paid their respects at Franklin's open casket, where they saw her wearing a sparkling full-length gold dress with sequined heels - her fourth and final outfit of the week.

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Barbara Sampson read a statement from former President George W. Bush, saying that Franklin would continue to inspire future generations. "Even when we would fuss".

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced at the funeral that the city would be naming Chene Park after Franklin.

"It is my goal and my aim to ensure that people leave here with some kind of spiritual awakening", Ellis said.

Another performer, gospel artist Marvin Sapp, expects "an eye-opening experience".

He said he hoped to one day collaborate with her in heaven before performing As, a cut from his album Songs in the Key of Life. The 74-year-old somberly told local news station WDIV (Channel 4) that in an intimate moment between the two of them before Franklin passed, Knight disclosed that she "had the same disease" as her dear friend.

"After all she gave to the world, I felt we needed to give her an appropriate send-off that would match her legacy", Owens said.

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