The iconic singer, who died earlier this month of pancreatic cancer at 76, received almost every major award one could receive during her lifetime.
Scheduled remarks from former President Bill Clinton, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and the Rev. Jesse Jackson signify Franklin's political and social influence. And although people have already expressed mixed feelings about the decision to invite the young pop diva to participate in the event, Franklin fans were perplexed about Grande's choice of funeral attire. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.
They called her song "Respect" a "declaration from a strong confident woman who knows that she has everything".
Additionally, among those honoring Franklin Friday were about two dozen owners of Pink Cadillacs who arrived at the church early Friday.
"I do not plan anything (with) someone I love like that", Robinson, the Motown great, told The Associated Press. "To say I was humbled to be in her presence would be an understatement".
He revealed that both he and his wife, Hillary Clinton were "groupies" of Franklin during their own college years and ended his tribute by playing Franklin's song, "Think", on his iPhone.
Theresa May pledges to promote UK investment
Mkhize High School in Gugulethu township where she was greeted by singing and dancing students. She will also visit the securities exchange company FMDQ in Lagos.
"She's the queen of our city", said retired nurse Pat Bills, another of those who waited in line, dressed in vibrant salmon pink.
"It's an honor to have met her and we are going to celebrate her", Ariana previously said of Aretha.
"This woman got us all in these seats here today not because she had this breathtaking talent, which she did... but because she lived with courage - not without fear, but overcoming her fears".
"When I would go to her shows and watch her sing it would be the best feeling in the world".
State troopers came to pay their respects to Franklin's open casket in full uniform before her family entered to say their final goodbyes.