Projected on the walls were the words "A Celebration Fit for the Queen".
"I really believe that this ... is going to be an eye-opening experience for everybody in the world watching", said gospel artist Marvin Sapp, also among the scheduled performers.
Aretha Franklin is dressed in a sparkling full-length gold dress with sequined heels for her final outfit.
Numerous floral arrangements from celebrities including Sam Moore, Mariah Carey, Barbra Streisand and the family of Otis Redding were set up in a hallwayoutside the sanctuary.
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It's all about trust. "I'm going to do what I think is best for the country using what John taught me about the country". Senate since 1987. died last Saturday of brain cancer. "For some reason we hit if off from the beginning".
Additionally, among those honoring Franklin Friday were about two dozen owners of Pink Cadillacs who arrived at the church early Friday.
"She gave us pride", Sharpton said during his eulogy about Franklin. And yes before you ask, Hillary Clinton was in the audience.
Shirley Caesar, the famous gospel singer and another friend of Franklin's, agreed.
"She called me, the little black girl from the east side of Detroit, to say she was proud of me", Lawrence said.
Friday's service will touch on Franklin's significance to her friends, family and fans, organizers told CNN. Singers include Steve Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill and Chaka Khan.
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Notwithstanding her personal ups and downs, in 1960 she signed with Columbia Records . "I was blessed to see her twice", she said. " Aretha Franklin is a giant of soul music and an American National treasure who continued to be revered around the globe.
To make matters worse, all eyes were on former president Bill Clinton, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson as they looked at her a little too long-Clinton especially.
Sharpton recalled Franklin's activist side, noting she raised money for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and created "the soundtrack of the civil rights movement".
The presence of Hollywood stars such as Tyler Perry and Cicely Tyson, who will also speak, are a nod to Franklin's contributions on screen and off in films such as "The Blues Brothers".
Ariana Grande and her fiance, Pete Davidson, walked arm-in-arm and chatted with dignitaries like Bill Clinton before the funeral for Aretha Franklin.
"We talked into the night about the next five years of recording, when Aretha would be over 40 years old", Davis said. In the Army Respect for others underpins all that we do, so there was only one tune that would do for today's ceremony: the 1967 Aretha Franklin hit "R.E.S.P.E.C.T." a declaration from a strong confident woman who knows that she has everything. The body of Franklin, who died aged 76 from pancreatic cancer, has been transported to the service in a 1940s vintage hearse, which carried both Rosa Parks and her father. "I know the world lost the 'Queen, ' but her sons lost their mother, her nieces and nephews lost their aunt".
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Owens added, "It's going to be very hard after all this is over and people have all gone away".