Outfit change for Aretha Franklin on second day of public viewing

The gospel, soul and R&B star influenced generations of female singers from the late Whitney Houston to Beyonce with unforgettable hits including "Respect" (1967), "Natural Woman" (1968) and "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968).

"She did so much for music".

"Last week, we lost an irreplaceable force", she told her fans in between sets.

Her gold-plated casket was delivered to her home town of Detroit by a 1940 Cadillac hearse and will be on view at the Charles H Wright Museum for African American History until tonight.

"Words could never, ever describe how many things she did in her lifetime that made our world a better place", she continued.

"She's the queen", said Melissa Howard, who flew from Texas on Monday to pay her respects.

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The two-day public event precedes her funeral on Friday, but fans will have lasting memories of her one of her final looks. She sang at his funeral after he was assassinated in 1968, as well as at the inaugurations of presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, the country's first African American head of state.

On Tuesday evening, Taylor Swift held a moment of silence for Aretha Franklin - who died, age 76, on August 16, from pancreatic cancer.

Grande said at the time: "I met her a few times".

The city; Detroit, seen as the home of soul music is treating Aretha's passing as royalty.

Aretha Franklin lies in her casket at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Paula Marie Seniors, an associate professor of Africana studies at Virginia Tech said it was a fitting tribute to the singer. But Franklin knew Victorie was there because she ended the impromptu piano playing by throwing a kiss Victorie's way.

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