Here’s how to watch Aretha Franklin’s funeral on Friday
Soul singer Aretha Franklin in a publicity shot circa 1964.(Getty Images)
Aretha Franklin recording at Columbia Studios in New York in 1962.(Donaldson Collection / Getty Images)
Aretha Franklin during the taping of a television show in Cologne, Germany, in 1968.(Associated Press)
Aretha Franklin performing on Jan. 28, 1972.(Associated Press)
Aretha Franklin on the red carpet before the 38th Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C., where she performed in December 2015.(Molly Riley / AFP / Getty Images)
Aretha Franklin at a news conference March 26, 1973.(Associated Press)
Aretha Franklin is taken into custody by a police officer at the Rome airport on June 28, 1971, after an Italian concert organizer accused her of breach of contract. Franklin was released after a luggage search.(Associated Press)
Franklin poses with her Grammy Award for female R&B performance for “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” in New York on March 3, 1975. She won the category eight years in a row, a record that still stands.(Associated Press)
Aretha Franklin and her second husband, Glynn Turman, at their wedding reception in Los Angeles on April 17, 1978, along with Kecalf, 8, Aretha’s son by a previous marriage. Franklin gave birth to four children, all sons.(Doug Pizac / Associated Press)
With her shoes in one hand and the award for soul album of the year in the other, Aretha Franklin celebrates being honored at the 10th American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 17, 1983.(Reed Saxon / Associated Press)
Franklin with MTV’s Alan Hunt and other members of the “Amuck in America” crew at her West Bloomfield, Mich., home, on Aug. 1, 1986.(Associated Press)
Franklin joins George Michael onstage at the Auburn Hills, Mich., stop of his Faith World Tour on Aug. 30, 1988. The duo had a hit together with 1986’s “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me).”(Robert Kozloff / Associated Press)
Aretha Franklin sings during the finale of “Aretha Franklin: Duets,” an AIDS benefit concert in New York on April 28, 1993. Others onstage include Smokey Robinson, Gloria Estefan, Rod Stewart, Bonnie Raitt, Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro.(Ron Frehm / Associated Press)
Aretha Franklin raises her arms in jubilation after standing in for Luciano Pavarotti at the last minute at the 40th Grammy Awards on Feb. 25, 1998, at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Franklin sang “Nessun Dorma” from Puccini’s “Turandot” when Pavarotti called in sick.(Mark Lennihan / Associated Press)
Aretha Franklin joins Martha Stewart for the 1999 TV special “Martha Stewart Home for the Holidays – The Family Tree” on CBS.(Todd Atkinson / CBS)
President George W. Bush presents Franklin with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony on Nov. 9, 2005.(Douglas A. Sonders / Getty Images)
Franklin with “Soul Train” host and producer Don Cornelius on “Divas and Kings 2000 & Beyond” in 2001.(Tribune Entertainment / Getty Images)
Aretha Franklin performs at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Sept. 17, 2004.(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Host Hugh Jackman gets up close and personal with Franklin after their duet at the 2005 Tony Awards at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on June 5, 2005.(Kathy Willens / Associated Press)
Franklin is joined by Quincy Jones, left, and Clive Davis backstage at “An Evening of Stars Tribute to Aretha Franklin” on Sept. 9, 2006, in Los Angeles.(Associated Press)
Franklin performs at the 50th Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2008.(Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
Aretha Franklin sings at the inauguration of President Obama on Jan. 20, 2009.(Mark Wilson / Getty Images)
Franklin performs at the Hollywood Bowl on June 26, 2009.(Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Franklin in concert at the Microsoft Theatre in L.A. on Aug. 2, 2015.(Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
Aretha Franklin performs the national anthem before an NFL game between the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings in her adopted hometown of Detroit on Nov. 24, 2016.(Paul Sancya / Associated Press)
Though Aretha Franklin’s funeral is a private ceremony for family and friends, fans of the late Queen of Soul can watch it live via TV and livestream starting at 7 a.m. PDT Friday.
The Greater Grace Temple in Detroit will livestream the “homegoing ceremony” on its website, greatergrace.org, from the start of the remembrance until it ends around noon PDT.
If you’re watching on TV, Fox News and MSNBC will cover the event, and CNN will have a crew there and plans to air the ceremony around other news, according to Detroit Free Press. HLN, or Headline News, will air the funeral live and continue coverage throughout the day.
ABC News’ live feed will cover at least the first two hours of Franklin’s funeral, the Free Press reported. BET Networks said Thursday that it will carry the funeral “in its entirety” on BET, BET Her and BET.com.
As far as what viewers can see during the service, Ariana Grande was a late addition to the long list of talent who will perform in five- to 20-minute increments around speakers who will include Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, former President Bill Clinton, filmmaker Tyler Perry, actress Cicely Tyson, musician Smokey Robinson and more.
The event is meticulously scheduled right down to the minute; click here for the official program.
Previously announced entertainers include Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill, Ron Isley, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Holliday and Fantasia Barrino-Taylor. Wonder and Hudson both sang at Michael Jackson’s funeral in 2009. Franklin herself sang at Rosa Parks’ funeral at Greater Grace in 2005.
The list of performers hardly stops there, though; Franklin lived in the world of gospel as well as soul.
Rounding out the list are Yolanda Adams, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Shirley Caesar, the Clark Sisters, Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, Audrey DuBois Harris, Marvin Sapp, Alice McAllister Tillman and the Williams Brothers, plus Franklin’s son Edward Franklin, the Aretha Franklin Orchestra and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir.
Grande and Franklin met at the “Women of Soul” event at the White House in 2014, the younger singer’s rep told the Detroit News. Grande also paid tribute to Franklin with a performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” after Franklin died.
Franklin’s family has been hard at work putting the service together since her death Aug. 16 from pancreatic cancer at age 76.
“I know people think two weeks is a long time to arrange all this, but it’s really not with all that has to be done,” niece Sabrina Owens told CNN. “Two weeks seems like a lot of time, but you need that time in order to do this right.”
The family also needed time on its own to mourn Franklin, who lay in repose Tuesday and Wednesday at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, wearing different outfits, including a bold red ensemble the first day and a sheer, light-blue dress the next.
On Thursday, her body was moved to the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father had been a minister. She was dressed in sparkling rose gold from head to toe for the viewing there.
“I know the world lost the Queen, but her sons lost their mother, her nieces and nephews lost their aunt …,” Owens told CNN, noting that it would be “very difficult” after the ceremony ends and all the people have gone away.
“[W]e lost a family member and we haven’t had a chance to come together as a group to truly realize that we have lost one who loved us so much and was so loyal to us,” she said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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