As we reported earlier this month, Aretha Franklin passed away at her home in Detroit "due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type". While Faith Hill will sing "What A Friend We Have In Jesus", Ariana Grande will perform "Natural Woman", and Stevie Wonder will do a rendition of "The Lord's Prayer" and his hit "As".
The funeral for the Queen of Soul is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and is expected to last at least 5 hours. "I think it's going to be a very jubilant service", Bishop Charles Ellis, the officiating pastor, said this week.
Her casket was carried to the church that also took Franklin's father, legendary minister C.L. Franklin, and civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks to their final resting places at Woodlawn Cemetery, where the singer will join them.
Owens added, "It's going to be very hard after all this is over and people have all gone away". One hundred pink Cadillacs also line the street outside.
The funeral comes the morning after more than 40 artists performed at a free concert, billed "A People's Tribute to the Queen", spanning the R&B, Gospel, Jazz and Blues genres in which Franklin excelled.More news: Serena Williams Creates Vegan Clothing Line to Empower Women
Her grandchildren spoke briefly, delivering heartfelt thanks on behalf of their family.
"Aretha Franklin is awesome to me".
The event will be a star-studded affair, as the Queen of Soul has touched and inspired the lives of so many. 'I love her. She was my longest friend'. "We used to talk about that - we saw a lot of soldiers go."Amid the sadness of these days, Robinson can find uplift - and believes Franklin's legacy is secure".
Franklin was dressed head to heel in red for her first public viewing on Tuesday, a nod to her membership in the sorority Delta Sigma Theta.