The Associated Press will livestream her funeral service Friday starting at 10 AM ET, with news outlets around the globe expected to pick up the coverage.
"She respected them - she understood that if it were not for them, she wouldn't be who she is", she said.
People are approaching the gold-plated casket inside the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to the sounds of Franklin's gospel recordings. She was just fourteen years old. Notwithstanding her personal ups and downs, in 1960 she signed with Columbia Records.
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"I was blessed to see her twice", she said.
The singer was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but moved to Detroit when she was five.
A sea of women wearing black, many with purple corsages and pearl necklaces, saluted Franklin with song, scripture and words.
"[Older family members] would listen to her music", he said. Though it was originally released in 1965 by Otis Redding, it was Franklin's idea to turn the overall vibe of the song from desperation into female power, from a plea to a demand. By the 1970s, Franklin was a celebrated symbol of Black hopes and aspirations. Ten of those wins were for Best R&B Vocal Performance.
The singer's four sons - Clarence, Edward, Teddy White Jr. and Kecalf - will now share equally in her estimated $US80 million estate, in accordance with MI state law.
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Franklin did and ended up doing what would be the last full concert of her career - three hours long, complete with 29 musicians, backup singers and dancers. She cancelled her shows in 2010 to undergo surgery for a tumour.
Crowds had gathered since Sunday evening to be able to file into the museum - the place where Rosa Parks laid in repose for two days, after becoming the only woman to ever lie in state, in Washington DC. "She was a fighter - she fought this disease hard, all the way to the end".
Jackson said she will interview notables who are there to honor Franklin's life and legacy. She appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in June, 1968. She was also the youngest person to receive a Kennedy Center Honor in 1994.
Franklin had 44 Grammy nominations and 18 wins.
Aretha Franklin's funeral will be available to view both online and on television.
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Aretha's voice was America at its best. Her accomplishments and musical contributions are those that will not be forgotten. "She helped the movement - her and Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte".