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At the moment, guests are making their way in and taking their seats as the performances are set to begin soon.

The Aretha Franklin Orchestra and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir will also perform.

One notable couple who won't be in attendance?

Her funeral drew an expectedly impressive crowd, including former President Bill Clinton, former almost-president Hillary Clinton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Smokey Robinson and more.

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"This is not the Grammys, this is not the Oscars, this is church, and we're going to send her out just as she came in", Ellis said to the news outlet. "While the tribute is an apparent reference to the song that won Franklin her 12th Grammy (and its artwork, which features the singer in a pink Cadillac), Ellis told NPR that the idea was inspired by the way police line up their vehicles to honor fallen officers".

The funeral service will also be aired in its entirety on SiriusXM satellite radio's Channel 49, the soul-music station that's been temporarily dubbed "The Aretha Franklin Tribute Channel".

'I do not plan anything (with) someone I love like that, ' Robinson, a Motown great who grew up with Franklin, said. "She did so much for civil rights".

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". Thousands of fans paid their last respects to the "Queen of Soul" on Tuesday at Detroit's Charles H Wright Museum of African American History. "We used to talk about that - we saw a lot of soldiers go".

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Since Franklin's August 16 death at 76, Owens said a close group she described as "Aretha's angels" have "worked tirelessly" and have been guided by a single question: 'What would Aretha want?'

"We really haven't had much of an opportunity to have private moments", Owens said.

Michelle and I express our heartfelt sympathies for all of those who gathered in Detroit and we join you in remembering and celebrating the life of the queen of soul.

Owens added, "It's going to be very hard after all this is over and people have all gone away".

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