The Queen of Soul will be laid to rest Friday following a funeral service in Detroit, the city she called home for most of her life.
Franklin, known as the "Queen of Soul", died August 16 at the age of 76 at her home in Detroit after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Franklin's funeral will reportedly feature performances from headliners Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande.
Today, dozens of entertainers will gather to honor the life of the Queen of Soul at Chene Park Amphitheater in downtown Detroit, Michigan.
Aretha Franklin's funeral is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with a processional.
Thousands of joyful fans packed into a water-front arena in Detroit, listening to guest singers powering through some of her greatest hits, culminating in an all-cast arrangement of "Respect".
"I think it's going to be a very upbeat service".
The Aretha Franklin Choir and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir are also on the program. 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. Among those offering words will be former President Bill Clinton, Jackson and Franklin's friend since childhood, Smokey Robinson.
Viewings earlier this week at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and at Franklin's childhood parish, New Bethel Baptist Church, as well as an all-star tribute concert held Thursday night, were all planned with the public in mind. On Tuesday, she wore a red dress with matching heels and on Wednesday she was in blue.