The Queen of Soul died on Aug. 16 at her home in Detroit. She was 76.
Aretha Franklin’s funeral is taking place at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. The Rev. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and former President Bill Clinton are among those sitting on the stage. Each of them are expected to speak during the service.
Only limited number of invited guests are able to attend Aretha Franklin’s funeral, TV networks and streaming services are making it possible for anyone to watch the event.
Aretha Franklin is wearing a long sequin gold gown and gold high-heels to match her gold casket for today’s funeral service at the Greater Grace Temple.
Fox News, CNN and MSNBC are airing portions of the ceremony, While The Associated Press and the local Detroit TV stations also have live coverage of the event.
The funeral feature speakers include Rev. Jasper Williams Jr., Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, Brenda Lawrence, Michael Eric Dyson, Clive Davis, Cicely Tyson, T.D. Jakes, Greg Mathis, Mike Duggan, Brenda Jones, Bishop Charles H. Ellis and Gov. Rick Snyder.
Aretha Franklin is being honored through song with a number of musical performances.
Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Ariana Grande, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Faith Hill, The Clark Sisters, The William Brothers, Audrey DuBois Harris, Ronald Isley, Edward Franklin, Jennifer Holliday, Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Alice McAllister Tillman and Bishop Marvin Sapp are among the musicians set to pay tribute to the Queen of Soul.