Swift told a sold-out crowd at Detroit's Ford Field on Tuesday that Franklin did so much for music, women's rights and civil rights. To access that video and listen to Aretha Franklin perform "Stand Up For Yourself", access the AARP site.
I would like it if we could have a moment of silence so that every single one of us could reflect on our love and respect for her and everything that she did in her life.
Fans from all over America lined the sidewalks surrounding the Charles H. Wright African American Museum, where the Queen of Soul's body will lie in repose for two days, ahead of a memorial and funeral in the city she called home.
- Fans will have another chance to say their goodbyes to The Queen of Soul Wednesday in Detroit.
On the inside of the lid embroidered into the fabric is "Aretha Franklin the Queen of Soul".
Franklin died August 16, 2018 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76.
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The singer stayed silent for almost a full minute in front of a star-studded backdrop, before concluding, "We love you, Aretha".
Museum board member Kelly Green said that her body had been dressed in red from head-to-toe to be "reflective" of the powerful woman she was. "She'd let us in the door, you know-she knew my father as O'Neil, not Mr. Swanson-she invited us in, and we all sat together and ate fried chicken", funeral director O'Neil Swanson II said.
Former US president Bill Clinton will be among the speakers as the legendary Motown singer is laid to rest.
Lines stretched half a block down from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History an hour before public visitation was set to begin, The Detroit News reported.
The ceremony will apparently be viewable online and would feature performances from Ariana Grande, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan, and others. More than 1,000 people attended the service. Franklin's invitation-only funeral will be held Friday at the New Bethel Baptist Church.