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Ariana Grande delivered an emotional tribute to Aretha Franklin as celebrities and dignitaries turned out to pay their respects at the Queen of Soul's funeral in Detroit.

Franklin is expected to make her final journey in the same ivory 1940 Cadillac LaSalle that transported the body of her father in 1984, and that of civil rights icon Rosa Parks in 2005.

Fans lined up for hours outside the Greater Grace Temple in Detriot awaiting the chance to attend the all-day affair featuring prominent speakers such as former President Bill Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Smokey Robinson as well as music by singers Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill, and Chaka Khan.

"It's truly inspiring to see how many hearts, how many people my grandma has touched", said her granddaughter Victorie Franklin.

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Detroit regards Franklin as royalty. "To say I was humbled to be in her presence would be an understatement".

Among the singers and speakers, former USA president Bill Clinton, 72, took to the stage and paid tribute to Aretha in a moving speech. We liked to eat and cook, ' Knight said as she walked into the service. The Band of the Welsh Guards paid tribute to the "musical icon" who was a "huge influence and inspiration to our musicians", the Army in London posted on Facebook. "We really celebrate because we really recognize that those we call the dearly departed, they wouldn't want for us to cry and be sad and sorrowful". The Lord tells us where we are going and tells us when we are coming. Her oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute, said the 76-year-old singer's official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type. "She performed for you", Sharpton said of Franklin, who had sung at Trump-owned venues.

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

"You know the other Sunday on my show, I misspelled 'respect, ' and a lot of y'all corrected me", Sharpton said in his speech, referring to how he used the name of Franklin's biggest hit to criticize Trump's feud with former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman.

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