GM, Cadillac pay tribute to Aretha Franklin

GM, Cadillac pay tribute to Aretha Franklin

Detroit's Greater Grace Temple was packed with her family and friends, who took their spots among star-studded funeral-goers.

The funeral is the capstone on what has been a long national celebration and mourning of her huge legacy and talent. The singer serenaded the Queen at the podium and blew a kiss to her casket before leaving the stand.

Her family wanted to keep the funeral service private to those closest to Franklin - though it will be streamed and portions broadcast by major networks - but worked to provide the singer's many fans an extended opportunity to say goodbye this week, Owens said.

Franklin, affectionately dubbed "Lady Soul", "Soul Sister No. 1" and the "Queen of Soul" by critics and fans alike, starred in a number of ads, including a 1980s anthem for Chevrolet, which fell under the brand's national "Heartbeat of America" campaign. She was dressed in a sparkling full-length gold dress with sequined heels for her final outfit - the fourth outfit Franklin has worn during a week of events leading up to her funeral.

Greater Grace Temple is calling on people with pink Cadillacs to line up before the funeral in an effort to create a "Freeway of Love" in tribute to Franklin.

Robinson then sang his song, "Really Gonna Miss You".

Speakers included the Rev. Jesse Jackson, with Bishop Charles H. Ellis III officiating. "And she gave us a regal bar to reach, and that's why we're all here".

"It makes Melania feel disgusting that Donald is not welcome or invited to Aretha's funeral as well as McCain's funeral and then to hear about speakers making subtle jabs at her husband while speaking at Aretha's funeral only makes things worse".

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Owens said Franklin loved fiercely and was the family's matriarch.

"She gave us pride", Sharpton said during his eulogy about Franklin.

Grande is just one of the many celebrities scheduled to perform, which includes the likes of Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, and Faith Hill.

But many have pointed out that viewers should just appreciate that she's up there at all.

Ellis, who presided over the Queen's grand funeral service, graciously thanked Grande for her moving delivery of "Natural Woman", which she also sang live on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" the day of Franklin's death on August 16.

"It took a little time to get in here, but I believe the queen wouldn't have had it any other way", Ellis said. "She said, 'You know how I am with my bank account!"

Franklin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2010 and survived nearly eight years with the disease.

Jackson said if anyone who leaves the funeral and isn't registered to vote "dishonors Aretha".

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