Stars, dignitaries mourn Aretha Franklin at Detroit funeral

Pink Cadillacs line Seven Mile Road in front of Aretha Franklin's funeral at the Greater Grace Temple

She worked her can off to get where she was. "I was like, 'How are you a real person?' It's an honor to have met her, and we're gonna celebrate her".

Floral arrangements from such singers as Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett and from the family of Otis Redding, whose "Respect" Franklin transformed and made her signature song, were set up in a hallway outside the sanctuary.

Wonder's performance was one of the highlights of a long schedule that also featured performances by Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson and Chaka Khan, among other artists.

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Franklin's body was brought to the church in a white hearse that carried the body of her father, minister C.L. Franklin, in 1991 and civil rights leader Rosa Parks in 2005; and like them, she will be buried in Detroit's Woodlawn Cemetery.

In honor of the late performer's life and work, we took a look at some of the numbers surrounding her prolific career.

Letters from George W. Bush and Barack Obama were read out, praising her contribution to America. "She took the gift God gave her and she kept getting a little bigger everyday", said Clinton, playing a snatch of her singing "Think" on his cell phone. The comment by Trump earned several rebukes on Twitter from critics.

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"I remember when I was a kid people used to always ask me what does it feel like to be Aretha Franklin's granddaughter?"

While walking into the funeral, Knight told local station WDIV that she "had the same disease" as Franklin. On the show, Grande recounted her memories of meeting Franklin, saying, "I met her a few times".

But many have pointed out that viewers should just appreciate that she's up there at all. Since Franklin's death, Owens said a close group she described as "Aretha's angels" have "worked tirelessly" and have been guided by a single question: "What would Aretha want?" "That's the best way that I can put it".

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