Final farewell to Aretha Franklin

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Aretha Franklin has been moved to the Bethel Baptist Church for the final day of the public viewing in Detroit - the church where she first began singing.

TMZ caught up with Chaka Khan at the airport as she prepares to depart for Detroit to perform at Aretha Franklin's funeral.

She influenced generations of female singers from the late Whitney Houston to Beyonce, with unforgettable hits including "Respect" (1967), "Natural Woman" (1968) and "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968).

Franklin will also be honored Thursday night at "A People's Tribute to the Queen" concert at Chene Park featuring at least 22 musical performances, including the Four Tops, Johnny Gill and Ron Isley.

Franklin's white hearse arrived more than two hours before the service is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

16, at her home in Detroit.

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The invitation-only funeral at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple caps off a week of high-profile public viewings and tribute concerts.

Owens told CNN the funeral service itself will pay homage to Franklin's gospel roots and her love of church.

Her signature song, a feminist anthem, became a rallying cry as African-Americans rose up nationwide in the 1960s to fight peacefully for racial equality. "We used to talk about that - we saw a lot of soldiers go."Amid the sadness of these days, Robinson can find uplift - and believes Franklin's legacy is secure".

The Aretha Franklin Choir and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir are also on the program.

"I think she's wonderful and I know that the spirit of God that's in her is what brought all of us here".

In a statement at the time, her family said: "In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart". The gold dress is the fourth outfit Franklin has worn during a week of events leading up to her funeral.

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