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According to Gwendolyn Quinn, a spokesperson for Franklin's family, "Aretha was fond of [Grande]".

No cameras were allowed inside her public viewing, but Franklin was dressed in a glittering blue chiffon gown and silver pumps for her Wednesday audience of thousands.

The "I Say a Little Prayer" songstress still had on her red lipstick and red nails - which ran with the red dress she wore Tuesday.

People are continuing to stream in for a second day to pay their respects to Aretha Franklin as she laid in repose in the rotunda of Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Taylor Swift paid a special tribute to the late "Queen of Soul" Tuesday night, briefly stopping her concert in Detroit to hold a moment of silence for Aretha Franklin who died earlier this month.

The funeral is strictly for family and friends of the singer, and music superstars Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson are among those set to perform.

The two-day viewing was part of a week of commemorations for the legend, who died August 16 of pancreatic cancer.




Her signature song, "Respect" - recorded as a feminist anthem - became a rallying cry as African Americans rose up nationwide in the 1960s to fight peacefully for racial equality.

"I think it's going to be a very upbeat service". Franklin urged us to, 'Let's make the choice: We stand as one because divided we fail.' Her plea is as timeless today as it was more than a decade ago.

She said the singer looked handsome while lying in repose: "I don't know about red yesterday".

"She did so much for music; she did so much for women's rights; she did so much for civil rights", Swift said in comments that we taped by fans and posted on social media.

"I feel that I'm a privileged one because I sang in a choir with Aretha when I joined her father's church, in a young adult choir", Phillips said.

The pop star then called for the lights to be cut and a moment of silence before adding, "We love you Aretha".


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