'Aretha Franklin did so much for music, she did so much for women's rights, she did so much for civil rights.
'Last week we lost an irreplaceable force, ' Taylor said. Swift said words could never describe how many things Franklin did that made the world a better place.
The singer, who passed away at the age of just 76, was surrounded by roses in shades of lilac and pink, arranged in enormous displays similar to those she preferred to send loved ones.
Aretha Franklin lies in her casket at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
In paying their respects, fans arrived the venue as early as possible just to see her body delivered in a gold-plated casket. The shoes, in particular, show "The Queen of Soul is diva to the end", Green said. Her dress - with its ornamental elements and sheer netting fabric - was reminiscent of an outfit she would wear onstage and "something she would have selected for herself", her niece, Sabrina Owens, told The Associated Press.
"Forever Our Queen", a banner at the museum read.
The museum, which had been the largest black museum in the US until the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in Washington, D.C., in 2016, also hosted similar viewings for civil rights icon Rosa Parks after her 2005 death.
She said the Queen of Soul was "a singer of the universe".
Paula Marie Seniors, an associate professor of Africana studies at Virginia Tech said it was a fitting tribute to the singer. "She would take care of the expenses - and usually in full without being asked or prompted to do so". I don't remember because it was Aretha Franklin on the phone and I didn't know what was happening.