Memorable moments from Aretha Franklin's day-long 'homegoing' - so far

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                    Speakers include Bill Clinton and Rev. Jesse Jackson

Aretha Franklin's funeral service in Detroit on Friday drew some of music's brightest stars and a sprinkling of political figures for a proper send-off.

Jackson said "Aretha's not lost, we know where she is".

In the wake of Franklin's death, several country singers have offered up tribute performances in honor her lasting impact on music.

Remembering Franklin's "breathtaking talent", Bill Clinton called her "the voice of the century".

Davis said Franklin was kind and thoughtful, genuinely amusing and had a great sense of humor. "Melania wishes more people liked her family and is constantly embarrassed by the public's opinion of her husband and when people take shots at him and her family, it really stings".

Bishop Charles H. Ellis of Greater Grace Temple in Detroit began speaking almost two hours after the ceremony had been slated to begin.

While Twitter users think the icon looked obvious and unprepared, others are commending her for the clever idea (if she did have ulterior motives with her statement accessory).

"She was terrific - Aretha Franklin - on her passing".

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Fans sing as they stand in line for the viewing of Aretha Franklin at the New Bethel Baptist Church on August 30, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. That's a nod to her funky '80s tune of the same name that prominently featured the vehicle in the lyrics and video.

"Our lovely waterfront jewel will be Aretha Franklin Park, and when performers from generations to come from around the world come here, they will be reminded they are performing at the home of the 'Queen of Soul, '" he said.

Broadway's Jennifer Holliday spoke to Inside Edition about the late singer.

The set list for Aretha Franklin's Detroit funeral kicked off with singers such as Faith Hill and Ariana Grande celebrating the life of "The Queen of Soul".

"I've been watching the celebration of your life from everywhere", said Robinson, addressing his lifelong friend from the stage, "and I've been doing interviews from everywhere, from all over the world". The body of Franklin, who died aged 76 from pancreatic cancer, has been transported to the service in a 1940s vintage hearse, which carried both Rosa Parks and her father.

Friday's service will touch on Franklin's significance to her friends, family and fans, organizers told CNN. "I love her. She was my longest friend".

Clinton also said he was happy that Franklin's coffin was still open when he arrived because he just had to see what she was wearing.

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recalled when Franklin sang "America" at the farewell ceremony after his term.

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