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Ariana Grande delivered an emotional tribute to Aretha Franklin as celebrities and dignitaries turned out to pay their respects at the Queen of Soul's funeral in Detroit.

"Come on, this is a church service, lift your voice!"

Bishop Charles Ellis, the officiating pastor, has promised an upbeat and jubilant service that will be all about Franklin, uplifting her family in their time of grief and celebrating her gospel legacy.

Additionally, among those honoring Franklin Friday were about two dozen owners of Pink Cadillacs who arrived at the church early Friday. Her former husband Glynn Turman, who was at her bedside when she died, said that she was "a strong woman to the very end". "She was rooted in the black church, she was bathed in the black church, and she took the black church downtown and made folks that didn't know what the Holy Ghost was shout in the middle of a concert".

The daughter of a prominent Baptist preacher and civil rights activist, Franklin sang at the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the inaugurations of presidents Clinton and Barack Obama.

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Barbara Sampson read a statement from former President George W. Bush, saying that Franklin would continue to inspire future generations.

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Mayor Mike Duggan announced during the service Friday that the city would rename the riverfront amphitheatre Chene Park to "Aretha Franklin Park".

Franklin's body was dressed in a golden sequined outfit.

Actor Glynn Turman, who was married to Franklin from 1978 to 1984, recently told the show "Good Morning Britain" that one of his favorite memories of her occurred in England.

Franklin's funeral drew big names in music and politics to Detroit on Friday.

"Aretha was my baby", Robinson said.

The Band of the Welsh Guards, dressed in bright scarlet tunics and tall bearskin hats, belted out an upbeat, brassy rendition of Franklin's 1967 hit in the courtyard of the palace, before the usual August throng of tourists.

Mayor Mike Duggan announced at the service that he meant to have the city's riverfront Chene Park renamed in Franklin's honour.