Whitney Houston’s funeral will be filled with music (PHOTOS)


The funeral for Whitney Houston, the legendary pop singer who passed away on Feb. 11 at the age of 48, will be broadcast on television and streaming online from the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday, according to CNN.

The church only seats 1,500 and the “invitation-only” guest list includes dozens of celebrities and musicians. It also holds special significance because it’s where Houston first sang as a child.

Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder will be among those attending and both plan to sing at the funeral, according to the Associated Press. Publicists confirmed that Oprah Winfrey, Kevin Costner (Houston’s co-star in “The Bodyguard”) and the late singer’s ex-husband Bobby Brown were also invited.

Houston’s musical mentor, Clive Davis, will speak at the funeral and Marvin Winans, a family friend and gospel singer, will give the eulogy, said the AP.

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ABC News included Revs. Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton on the guest list, as well as Chaka Khan, Bebe and CeCe Winans, Alicia Keys, and other musicians.

Franklin said on NBC’s “Today” show on Friday, that she had believed Houston has overcome her demons. She said Whitney, “looked fresh, she looked healthy and she looked gorgeous. And I thought, 'Yes, she has conquered her challenges and she's on the way.'"

Meanwhile, Bobby Brown is expected to attend the funeral after spending time with his and Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina. She was admitted to the hospital earlier this week for stress and anxiety, according to ABC News.

Brown said, "We continue to provide love and support to Bobbi Kristina. She is dealing with the tragedy of her mother's death and would prefer to do it outside of the public eye. I ask again that our privacy be respected."

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