Aretha Franklin had admirers all over the world, but she made Detroit her home.
Former U.S. president Bill Clinton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton and childhood friend Smokey Robinson are among the high-profile figures scheduled to speak at the invitation-only service, which will be punctuated throughout with performances.
People wait in line outside the New Bethel Baptist Church during a public viewing of the late singer Aretha Franklin in Detroit, Michigan, US.
Franklin, 76, died August 16 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
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Though arrangements were incomplete this morning, multiple reports said McCain asked former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Following the service, McCain will lie in state for the remainder of the day and the public will be invited to view his casket.
Hundreds more queued outside New Bethel Baptist Church for a third day of public viewings.
The funeral will start with music from the Aretha Franklin Orchestra, but also includes performances by Faith Hill, Ariana Grande, the Clark Sisters, Chaka Khan, Ron Isley, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, and Stevie Wonder.
More than 100 pink Cadillacs, a nod to her 1985 hit "Freeway of Love", will reportedly line up outside the church. It is exactly the church where her father was a minister for more than 30 years.
"I think she's wonderful and I know that the spirit of God that's in her is what brought all of us here". 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. "We used to talk about that - we saw a lot of soldiers go". It was the third outfit she has been given since her open coffin has been on display, with a red dress and matching heels on Tuesday and a blue outfit on Wednesday.