Aretha Franklin's funeral to fuse spirit with star power

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Funeral services for Aretha Franklin are set to begin mid-morning at the Greater Grace Temple, one of the largest and most famous churches in the city.

Former president Bill Clinton is among those scheduled to speak, while Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama have sent a letter that will be read by Rev. Al Sharpton.

The funeral will start around 10 a.m.at Greater Grace but will be streamed across the entire world.

It was the final day of public viewings for the legendary 76-year-old, ahead of her private funeral on 31 August.

The street outside Greater Grace will be lined with pink Cadillacs - a nod to Franklin's funky '80s tune, 'Freeway of Love, ' which prominently featured the auto in the lyrics and video.

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"There will be some laughing, some tears, some joy, some sorrow", Bishop Charles H. Ellis, III, pastor of Greater Grace Temple, who will serve as officiant for Frankin's funeral told ET earlier this week. "I love her. She was my longest friend."Robinson said he will just make it "personal", since he remained close with Franklin until the end".

The service will reflect Franklin's strong gospel roots.

She influenced generations of female singers from the late Whitney Houston to Beyonce, with unforgettable hits including "Respect" (1967), "Natural Woman" (1968) and "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968).

Hudson's performance is highly anticipated - producer Harvey Mason Jr. told the gossip site that Franklin was excited about the biopic a week before she died on August 16.

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