Aretha Franklin's emotional public viewing

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'Last week we lost an irreplaceable force, ' Taylor said. "Aretha Franklin did so much for music, she did so much for women's rights, she did so much for civil rights".

"You can only look that restful and peaceful when you're at home with the lord, so I know where she is and she's in a better place and she looks wonderful", added one of her friends, Kim Harrison.

The 76-year-old singer, beloved by millions around the world, died of cancer on Aug 16, closing the curtain on a glittering six-decade career that made her one of America's most celebrated artists.

Her body was delivered in a vintage white Cadillac hearse to the African-American museum in her home town where it will remain for two days.

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The stadium then cut the lights so that the thousands in attendance could pay homage to the legend and innovator. Swift then exclaimed, "We love you Aretha".

It has also been confirmed that Taylor's fellow pop starlet Ariane Grande will sing at the Queen Of Soul's funeral - which takes place this week in Aretha's hometown of Detroit. Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson and Stevie Wonder are among those scheduled to perform. "Being a singer is a natural gift", she once said. Right on Franklin's casket were words: "Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul". The service organization of predominantly black women planned a private ceremony Tuesday night in the museum in honor of Franklin. Although it's not for the public to attend, it will be streamed online and on TV.

Swift, who was once overwhelmed by Franklin singing a soulful "Happy Birthday" to her, appeared determined to make sure that the memory of the diva took center stage during her concert.

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