It was a celebration - a daylong tribute, full of stories sharing how Aretha Franklin's life touched her Detroit community and the world.
Franklin's gold-plated casket was escorted out of the church at 6:45 pm, a simple posy of roses on top, almost eight hours after the service officially began at 11:00am.
Organizers of Aretha Franklin's funeral insist it will be a spirit-filled service, not a show.
Shirley Caesar, the famous gospel singer and another friend of Franklin's, agreed.
Some fans were admitted into the church to sit behind Franklin's family.
Ellis' touching of Grande overshadowed some criticism earlier in the ceremony the short dress Grande wore for her performance.
Mourners began filling the church early Friday, while Franklin's fans and dozens of pink Cadillac owners lined up outside, a tribute to the singer's 1985 hit "Freeway of Love" in which she sang, "We goin' ridin' on the freeway of love in my pink Cadillac".
Singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson bid goodbye to his childhood friend, blowing a kiss toward her coffin and singing: "I miss you my buddy, I miss you my friend, I know that my love for you will never end".
Khalil Mack one-ups Aaron Donald, becomes top-paid defender in National Football League history
This contract exceeds the six-year, $135 million deal Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald received just a day before. Raiders get 2019 and 2020 first-round picks, a 2020 third-round pick and a 2019 sixth-round pick, according to ESPN .
The mayor brought the crowd to its feet when he announced a plan to rename the popular Chene Park for Franklin. Today, she will be buried with all the pomp and splendor one would expect for a royal funeral. She sang "I Dreamed a Dream" at his 1993 inauguration and was back for another performance at his second inauguration in 1997, and Clinton awarded her a National Medal of Arts and Humanities in 1999.
The Rev. Jasper Williams Jr., the pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., will deliver the eulogy, Franklin's publicist added.
Hill is one of 19 performers for Franklin's funeral service; she joins Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Holliday and more. The Aretha Franklin Orchestra performed a medley featuring I Say a Little Prayer, Angel, and other songs she was known for, along with such gospel numbers as I Love the Lord and Walk in the Light.
Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush didn't attend but they sent messages to honor the Queen of Soul.
Speaking with TMZ Friday night, Gladys said, "I'd like to clarify that Aretha and I discussed both of us having cancer, mine was stage 1 breast cancer and hers was pancreatic". Franklin sang for Nelson Mandela in Detroit after he was released from prison.
Bill Clinton, who was president from 1993 until 2001, led the tributes to "the voice of a generation, maybe the voice of a century". "Aretha commanded respect. She deservedly received it and also made it possible for others". "He sang, "... for the rest of my life, gonna be thinking about you.