Aretha Franklin's funeral to fuse spirit with star power

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Friday's funeral service is taking place at Greater Grace Temple, which seats 4,000 people and where a red carpet has been laid out.

Although the funeral itself it not open to the public, the program will be broadcast on TV and streamed live online, including on The Washington Post's website.

Aretha's body lied in repose at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit on August 27 and 28.

To be sure, the funeral at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple, which caps off a week of events that included high-profile public viewings and tribute concerts, comes with all-star speakers and performers.

The formal part of the service is to begin at 1400 GMT (10 am local time) in her MI hometown. She will be buried in Woodland Cemetery alongside her father and siblings.

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The funeral itself will feature performances from a variety of soul singers, including Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, and more. Carolyn Adkisson, 52, of Detroit said she grew up with one of Franklin's sons, and attended high school with him.

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Numerous biggest names in music, including countless gospel stars, are scheduled to perform during her homegoing.

Among those offering words will be former President Bill Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson.

The funeral will start with music from the Aretha Franklin Orchestra, but also includes performances by Faith Hill, Ariana Grande, the Clark Sisters, Chaka Khan, Ron Isley, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, and Stevie Wonder. The funeral is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and is expected to last at least six hours. Watch it on starting with special coverage at 9 a.m.

Among those honouring Franklin Friday are about two dozen owners of Pink Cadillacs who arrived at the church early Friday. She said of the tune.

One notable couple who won't be in attendance?