Ariana Grande Set To Perform At Aretha Franklin’s Funeral

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Aretha Franklin fans line up outside the Wright Museum in Detroit on Wednesday to pay their respects to the Queen of Soul.

A sea of women wearing black, many with African violet corsages and pearl necklaces lead a procession into the rotunda of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

They found Franklin in a polished bronze coffin and a sheer baby blue dress with matching shoes, a change from the bright red outfit seen on Tuesday across the world.

Franklin died earlier this month at the age of 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Swift told a sold-out crowd at Detroit's Ford Field on Tuesday that Franklin did so much for music, women's rights and civil rights.

Her signature song, "Respect" - recorded as a feminist anthem - became a rallying cry as African Americans rose up nationwide in the 1960s to fight peacefully for racial equality.

"I was pushed by ... but a tear still came", said Maggie Penn, 78, of Detroit.

Asked her thoughts about other performers, she had kind words for Adele's talent, but of Swift she said, "OK, great gowns, handsome gowns".

"What we wanted to do is be reflective of the Queen", Ms Green said.

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Gina Moorman attended Tuesday night's sorority ceremony in Franklin's honour and returned Wednesday.

Moorman didn't know Franklin personally, but that didn't seem to matter.

She said the Queen of Soul was "a singer of the universe".

"In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart", Franklin's family said in a statement. Franklin's body will be moved to the New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father was once the pastor, for a private visitation on Thursday (30Aug18), ahead of an all-star memorial concert at Chene Park Amphitheatre, featuring her friend Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, and Angie Stone.

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