Aretha Franklin: Four Tops lead Detroit tribute concert before funeral

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The funeral service will take place on Friday at Greater Grace Temple in her hometown of Detroit.

The high-profile status of Aretha Franklin's funeral has been circling the press cycle since news first broke of her death.

Speakers include Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, city council president Brenda Jones, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, former president Bill Clinton, Al Sharpton, Tyler Perry, Clive Davis, Smokey Robinson, Isaiah Thomas, and more. The gold dress is the fourth outfit Franklin has worn during a week of events leading up to her funeral.

Aretha passed away at the age of 76 after battling pancreatic cancer.

A tribute concert, starring The Four Tops, Angie Stone and Regina Belle was also hosted on Thursday evening in her honour. One hundred pink Cadillacs also line the street outside. Songs will be offered by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson.

"I think she's wonderful and I know that the spirit of God that's in her is what brought all of us here". He said they "talked all the time", the last just a couple weeks before she became too ill to speak."We saw all of our other close friends go", Robinson said. But he says the focus still has to be squarely on the Queen of Soul.

'There are some girls who haven't been born yet. who will be inspired by Aretha, ' he said.

This celebration will end a week-long tribute to the singer, which included droves of fans descending on Detroit to see her lying in repose at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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