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Crowds gather in Detroit to pay homage to Aretha Franklin
Fans, dignitaries and musicians say goodbye to the Queen of Soul. The "Celebration of Life" service on Friday capped off a weeklong commemoration for the legend.
Pallbearers carry the gold casket of legendary singer Aretha Franklin after arriving at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, on Aug. 31, 2018.
Deep in the heart of Motown, a who's who of musical luminaries and political dignitaries gave Aretha Franklin a funeral service worthy of the Queen of Soul.
Members of the general public wait in line hoping to attend the funeral services on Aug. 31.
Pink Cadillacs line Seven Mile Road in front of Franklin's funeral on Aug. 31.
Former President Bill Clinton poses with Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson during the funeral service on Aug. 31.
Faith Hill performs during Franklin's funeral on Aug. 31.
Ariana Grande performs during Franklin's funeral on Aug. 31.
Stevie Wonder performs at the funeral for Aretha Franklin at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan on August 31.
American gospel vocal group, The Clark Sisters, perform at Franklin's funeral on Aug. 31.
Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at Franklin's funeral on Aug. 31.
Franklin's family members embrace after sharing stories of the late singers life on Aug. 31.
Smokey Robinson speaks during Franklin's service on Aug. 31.
The Motown legend reminisced about first hearing Franklin's voice as an 8-year-old.
Cicely Tyson speaks during the service on Aug. 31.
Fans wait in line outside the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for Aretha Franklin's public viewing in Detroit on Aug. 28, 2018.
Franklin died Aug. 16 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76.
Aretha Franklin's gold-plated casket is carried into the Wright Museum in Detroit on Tuesday.
Swanson Funeral Home's 1936 LaSalle hearse transported Aretha Franklin's casket to the museum on Tuesday.
Linda Swanson, whose funeral home is handling services for Franklin, said the singer had covered the funeral expenses of many needy families over the years.
Fans strolled by Franklin's casket to pay their final respects to the late Queen of Soul.
Franklin, dressed completely in red, including high-heeled pumps, looked as if she was preparing for one more performance.
She wore earrings, red lipstick and red nail polish, and her hair was cut short. Her dress — with its ornamental elements and sheer netting fabric — was reminiscent of an outfit she would wear onstage and "something she would have selected for herself," her niece, Sabrina Owens, told The Associated Press.
A woman cries as she views Franklin's open casket on Tuesday.
A woman carries a card with an image of Aretha Franklin into the Wright Museum, a cultural landmark in Detroit, where Franklin grew up and spent most of her life.
The museum hosted a similar viewing for civil rights icon Rosa Parks after her 2005 death.
Many of those in line were from Detroit, but others traveled from as far as Las Vegas and Miami.
Fans outside Detroit's Wright Museum talked about their memories of the Queen of Soul. Occasionally the crowd bursts into song.