The Queen of Soul will be laid to rest on Friday (Aug. 31). Her funeral is an invite only event, but the general public will be able to watch and listen to the service for Aretha Franklin in its entirety.
National broadcasters including HLN and the Word Network are planning to air the complete five-hour-long funeral. Scheduled to perform are Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson and Chaka Khan. Former President Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, Tyler Perry, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Clive Davis are a few of the speakers set to appear.
Per Billboard, MSNBC, and CNN will air portions of the service live, and Detroit residents can watch on a number of local stations. Several national publications such as USA Today, the Associated Press, ABC News and BET will live stream the service on their websites.
"We have long lines to celebrate death and short lines for voting. We lost Michigan by 11,000 votes, 100,000 Detroit unregistered. Long lines at the death of the icons and short lines for voting -- something is missing," - Rev. Jesse Jackson at Aretha Franklin's funeral pic.twitter.com/dPK8Bd2Q9w
WATCH: Aretha Franklin’s casket arrives at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit ahead of her funeral. The Queen of Soul will have a star-studded service including more than a dozen performances from all-stars like Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson and Faith Hill. pic.twitter.com/dZLvgRbUyi
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Aretha Franklin's Funeral In Pictures And Videos
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The Queen of Soul is getting a deservedly grand goodbye.
Starting Tuesday, there was a two-day public viewing at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan. Aretha Franklin's funeral is today at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple. According to ABC, expected guests include former President Bill Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson. Songs will be provided by the Clark Sisters, Steve Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan and more.
"It is my goal and my aim to ensure that people leave here with some kind of spiritual awakening," Bishop Charles Ellis III of Greater Grace told ABC. "This is not a concert, this is not a show, this is not an awards production. This is a real life that has been lived, that a person, regardless of how famous she became, no matter how many people she touched around the world, she still could not escape death."
He continued: "And hopefully, a lot of people here with money and fame and influence and friends and notoriety and wealth, hopefully they will think of their mortality and say there is something bigger than fame, there is something bigger than Hollywood, something bigger than being a recording artist and selling gold albums or what have you."
See images from the funeral below: