Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, and Stevie Wonder were among the entertainers who paid tribute to the late Whitney Houston at her funeral today (Feb. 18).
Family and friends of pop icon Whitney Houston gather at New Hope Baptist Church, her childhood church, in Newark, New Jersey to pay their final respects in a private ceremony for the singer. While the funeral is invite-only, fans worldwide can remember the life and legacy of Houston via online broadcast of the service.
According to the Associated Press, speakers scheduled for today’s service include, singer Dionne Warwick, who is Houston’s cousin; music mogul Clive Davis, who guided Houston’s career; actor Kevin Costner who co-starred with Houston in the “Body Guard,” and sister-in-law Patricia Houston. Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, R. Kelly and gospel stars CeCe and Bebe Winans are slated to sing. Houston’s voice, a recording of her biggest hit, “I Will Always Love You,” is to be played at the end. Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown is also expected to attened the service. Aretha Franklin, a close family friend, is reportedly ill to and will miss the service, according to the same A.P. report.
Watch the live feed from inside New Hope Baptist Church below.
This post will cause multiple side eyes and chants of “bloody murder”, but bare with me. Rumor has it everyone’s favorite Bajan sits atop the list of actresses to star in the remake of The Bodyguard.
Warner Bros has greenlit an updated adaptation of the 1992 hit action romance which starred Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. The film grossed over $411 million worldwide, and it’s soundtrack is the best-selling soundtrack of all time, with sales of over $42 million worldwide.
Rihanna, who makes her acting debut in action movie Battleship next year, was previously rumored to be keen to appear in a remake of the film.
Others names being linked to the film include Miley Cyrus and Beyoncé.
Rant: The old saying “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” fits perfectly in this situation.