Aretha Franklin Being Given Grand Farewell

James Kirk
Author James Kirk

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27A Celebration Fit for the Queenreports CNN.

Franklin's body was dressed all in gold.

In the church lobby, floral arrangements from some of Franklin's best-known friends, including Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross, greeted attendees.

The service will touch on Franklin's significance to her friends, family and fans, organizers told CNN. There are musical tributes planned from several artists, including Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia and Jennifer Holliday.

Scheduled remarks from former President Bill Clinton, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and the Rev. Jesse Jackson signify Franklin's political and social influence. She stood on the front lines of the civil rights movement, where her music served as a frequent anthem.

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