Aretha Franklin funeral: Where to watch


The Friday memorial service for Aretha Franklin will only be open to invited guests, but the public will be able to say goodbye to the Queen of Soul via a few broadcasts.

Nationally, CNN and Fox News will air portions of the ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. at the Greater Grace Temple, in Detroit.

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The Associated Press will livestream the funeral on its website

Bounce TV network and Brown Sugar streaming service are partnering with Detroit affiliate WXYZ to air and stream local coverage, including an hourlong special, “Celebrating the Queen of Soul,” at 9 a.m.

BET Networks will broadcast the entire service live starting at 10 a.m. on BET, BET Her and BET.com. It will be commercial free.

Related: Aretha Franklin’s funeral will be four-day event, include three days of viewings

There are 19 artists slated to perform at the ceremony, including Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan, Fantasia, Yolanda Adams, Faith Hill, The Clark Sisters and Marvin Sapp. Speakers include President Bill Clinton, Clive Davis, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson.

Related: Fantasia, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, others performing at Aretha Franklin funeral

Franklin died on Aug. 16 from pancreatic cancer. She was 76. 

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.

Photos showed Franklin as she lies in repose in a gold-plated casket. The Associated Press reported she was dressed in red to symbolize her honorary membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. The organization will hold a private Omega Omega Service after the viewing, according to Detroit Free Press.

Her niece, Sabrina Owens, told the AP that the outfit was “something she would have selected for herself.”


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