The Friday memorial service for Aretha Franklin will only be open to invited guests, however, the public will be able to say goodbye to the Queen of Soul via a few broadcasts.
Nationally, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News will air portions of the five-hour ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit.
BET Networks will also broadcast Franklin’s funeral service in its entirety beginning at 10 a.m. on BET, BET Her and BET.com.
The Associated Press (www.apnews.com) and ABC News Live, ABC News’ 24-hour news channel, will live stream the funeral on their respective websites . Also, Atlanta-based Bounce TV network and Brown Sugar streaming service are partnering with Detroit affiliate WXYZ-TV to air and stream local coverage, including an hour-long special, “Celebrating the Queen of Soul,” at 9 a.m. Visit www.bouncetv.com for channel listings and www.brownsugar.com for more information.
SiriusXM subscribers can tune in to channel 49, the Soul Town station, which was the home of The Aretha Franklin Tribute Channel following her Aug. 16 death from pancreatic cancer. Following the service, the channel will take calls from listeners until 6 p.m.
Numerous artists are slated to perform at the ceremony, including Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan, Fantasia, Yolanda Adams, Faith Hill, Ariana Grande, The Clark Sisters and Atlanta-based Jennifer Holliday and Tasha Cobbs Leonard. Speakers include President Bill Clinton, Clive Davis, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Smokey Robinson and Atlanta’s Tyler Perry.
On Tuesday, a two-day viewing began at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit. Hundreds of fans have already streamed in to pay their final respects to the powerhouse singer who died at age 76; the Associated Press reports that Franklin is on display in a gold-plated casket, dressed in red - including high heels - and wearing red lipstick and nail polish.
Her niece, Sabrina Owens, told the AP that the outfit was “something she would have selected for herself.”
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