Aretha Franklin’s funeral is limited to invited guests — but the world will be able to watch.
The Friday service will be made available for viewing live online and on television, the Free Press has confirmed.
Franklin’s funeral will be livestreamed by the Associated Press, which means it’s likely to be picked up by online media outlets around the globe, including here at Freep.com.
For TV viewers in Detroit, the service will be broadcast live by several stations, including WDIV-TV (Channel 4), WJBK-TV (Channel 2) and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7). The stations will stay with the funeral through its duration, which could be well into Friday afternoon.
Nationally, Fox News and CNN plan to air portions of the service live, representatives of those networks confirmed.
The Queen of Soul’s funeral will start at 10 a.m. Friday at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. Announced performers include Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Ronald Isley, Chaka Khan, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson and Yolanda Adams.
Speakers so far include former President Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Clive Davis.
No timeline for the service has been announced, but given the number of participants, it’s safe to expect it will run for many hours.