Aretha Franklin given costume change as gold casket returns to star's church

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Aretha Franklin's funeral on Friday will be a star-studded event - with performances of some of her greatest hits and gospel classics by Hollywood's biggest stars.

Coverage begins at 9 a.m. on Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit.

Notable performers for the funeral include Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill, Jennifer Holliday and Pastor Shirley Caesar, among many others.

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TMZ caught up with the "I'm Every Woman" belter at the airport on her way to Detroit from Los Angeles.

Bishop Ellis said the service "may well exceed five hours".

Over the past few days, fans have been gathering together in the Queen of Soul's hometown to pay their final respects to the legendary singer, who died on August 16 at the age of 76 from pancreatic cancer.

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Her casket has been carried this week by a 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse that also took Franklin's father, legendary minister CL Franklin, and civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks to their final resting places at Woodlawn Cemetery, where the singer will join them. She sang at both of his inaugurations.

Greater Grace Temple is calling on people with pink Cadillacs to line up before the funeral in an effort to create a "Freeway of Love" in tribute to Franklin.

"There are some girls who haven't been born yet. who will be inspired by Aretha", he said.

Although the funeral itself it not open to the public, the program will be broadcast on TV and streamed live online, including on The Washington Post's website. "I love her. She was my longest friend".

Earlier in the week, mourners paid their respects during her public viewing at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

The world will get one last time to bid the Queen of Soul farewell.

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