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Detroit church swelled with the sound of gospel music on August 31 as family, friends, and fans of Aretha Franklin bid rousing farewell to the Queen of Soul at a funeral that featured tributes by former U.S. President Bill Clinton and singer Stevie Wonder. And the undercurrent to it all was music.

"Because black lives do matter, because all lives do matter and if we love God then we know truly that it is our love that will make all things matter, when we make love great again".

How did Aretha Franklin die?

The singer was surrounded by her loved ones when at the time of her death. At the funeral, Hudson blazed through the song "Amazing Grace".

Franklin's open casket was placed at the front of the church as mourners streamed by in advance of the service.

Detroit has plans to honor one of its most famous residents. Some say that even as the world spins, there is a certain tune to the world's orbit. "But we agree on Aretha".

Some performers directly reflected that lifelong history that Aretha Franklin had with gospel. Clarence, Aretha's eldest, is incapacitated and is represented by a guardian. Sharpton took to the pulpit to laud Franklin for providing the soundtrack of the movement, with songs such as her signature 1967 hit "Respect". Author and Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson said that her advocacy and support stretched over decades. "There are very few singing stars who could get away with such a small degree of personal exposure and still retain their popularity" notes Bego.

The daughter of a prominent Baptist preacher and civil rights activist, she sang at the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr, as well as the inaugurations of presidents Clinton and Obama.

For African American women in particular, she was a role model and a benchmark for success, feminism and empowerment.

Wilson, her entertainment attorney, says she would not have wanted to see her finances publicly aired: "She was a private person".

As the last of Franklin's family members took their seat, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, who officiated the service, asked the congregation to stand and applaud them. And as NPR's Anastasia Tsioulcas reports, the undercurrent to it all was music.

The singer, who is scheduled to perform at the ceremony, and the "Saturday Night Live" cast member entered Detroit's Greater Grace Temple smiling on Friday and posed for photos. "I love you and you are so strong @ArianaGrande".

CORLEY: One of the most poignant moments came from singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson. "You go up there and sock it to 'em", she urged Mathis, paraphrasing the "sock it to me" refrain from "Respect". It's really going to be different without you. "If Aretha can do it, I can do it too". Her father was a prominent pastor. And there were gospel inflections in everything she sang, as one of the speakers, the Reverend Dr. William Barber, pointed out. Aretha tapped into that tone and taught us its rhythm.

Franklin's civil rights legacy was mentioned often during the eight-hour service, and was tied to her faith and roots in the black church.

Gladys Knight has reportedly revealed she has cancer in an interview at Aretha Franklin's funeral.

Georgetown University sociologist Michael Eric Dyson took several shots at Trump in his remarks, assigning the president several nicknames: "orange apparition", "lugubrious leech", "doppleganger of deceit and deceit", "lethal liar", "dimwitted dictator", "foolish facist".

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