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Jesse Jackson and former President Bill Clinton attend the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at Greater Grace Temple, Aug. 31, 2018, in Detroit.

The crowd grew louder, its ranks bolstered by singers including Chaka Khan and Ariana Grande, who came to pay musical tribute to Franklin following her death on August 16 at age 76.

Franklin will be honored by various high-profile speakers, including former President Bill Clinton, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Motown star Smokey Robinson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Detroit Pistons great Isiah Thomas.

Her body arrived early Friday in a 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse.

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When Franklin's family entered, the church choir began singing "Total Praise" by Richard Smallwood.

After the funeral, Franklin will be entombed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, along with her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin; brother Cecil Franklin; sisters Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin; and nephew, Thomas Garrett.

Bush's statement, read by Franklin friend Barbara Sampson, called Franklin "a woman of achievement with a deep character and a loving heart" who made "lasting contributions to American music with her gospel-inspired style and distinctive voice". The Pink Cadillacs outside refer to a Franklin hit from the 1980s, "Freeway of Love". She wore a baby blue dress on Wednesday and a rose gold gown for a viewing Thursday at the Detroit church where her father was the longtime pastor. An arrangement from singer Sam Moore included a card that read, "You know I always adored and loved you to bits and pieces ..."

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced at the funeral that the city would be naming Chene Park after Franklin. "Melania wishes more people liked her family and is constantly embarrassed by the public's opinion of her husband and when people take shots at him and her family, it really stings".

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Family members, among them granddaughter Victorie Franklin and niece Cristal Franklin, spoke with awe and affection as they remembered a world-famous performer who also loved gossip and kept pictures of loved ones on her piano.

Aretha died 2 weeks ago from pancreatic cancer.

Davis said Franklin prepared so hard for her music that by the time she stepped in the studio, she already owned each song. "Let me add for you that behind her God-given natural talent was the drive of a total perfectionist".

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