Friends, family and stars pay tribute to the Queen of Soul

LIVE COVERAGE: How to watch Aretha Franklin's funeral

LIVE COVERAGE: How to watch Aretha Franklin's funeral

The funeral for the "Queen of Soul", who died August 16 at the age of 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, got underway Friday morning at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple. Projected on the walls were the words "A Celebration Fit for the Queen".

The singer's family delivered tender, heartfelt comments.

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In the hours after Franklin's death, the country star shared a message and photo of her with Aretha on Instagram.

American soul singer Aretha Franklin.

Jordan choked back tears as he honored his grandmother. Nothing sounded better to me than the way my grandma sings.

Jackson said "Aretha's not lost, we know where she is". "Thank you for loving me". "But I believe the queen wouldn't have it any other way".

Former President Bill Clinton was also on hand and sat in the front row with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

Clinton elicited laughter and applause as he reflected on his decadeslong friendship with Franklin.

Former preisdent Bill Clinton memorialized Aretha Franklin as a woman with "breathtaking talent" who kept on charming audiences despite her illness.

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Sharpton also took aim at President Trump for saying that Franklin once worked for him.

Ariana Grande performs at funeral services for Aretha Franklin.

The MSNBC host and civil rights advocate addressed the crowd, poking fun at himself for misspelling "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" on his Sunday TV show earlier this month.

Funeral attendees started cheering, and many rose to their feet.

"When word went out that Ms. Franklin passed, Trump said, 'She used to work for me.' No, she used to perform for you". HollywoodLife is keeping you updated throughout the day with the ceremony's most important performances and speakers. The tribute was a nod to Franklin's 1985 hit "Freeway of Love" in which she sang, "We goin' ridin' on the freeway of love in my pink Cadillac". "God bless you, Aretha, we love you". So it was only fitting that the Clark Sisters returned the love.

Fantasia Barrino-Taylor came out for a phenomenal rendition of "You've Got a Friend" - and shoes came off.

She was awarded America's highest civilian honour by Bush in 2005. He gave Grande a hug, letting her know she did just fine. "Aretha's voice will be heard, Aretha's voice will be impacting, Aretha's voice will be influencing others literally for centuries to come".

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