Whitney Houston’s family and closest friends have gathered at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey for her private funeral service.
Hollywood and Music Industry top celebrities have made appearances like Tyler Perry, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell, T.D Jakes and Kevin Cosner with guests such as Alicia Keys, Clive Davis, Dionne Warwick, and Stevie Wonder expected to hit the stage.
Whitney Houston’s “Bodyguard” co-star Kevin Costner (see above) and mentor Clive Davis (see below) were among those who gave touching speeches during her funeral service this afternoon.
Whitney’s cousin, Dionne Warwick, also gave a moving tribute (see it here).
While Houston’s service was moving, it wasn’t without some controversy. As we previously reported, Bobby Brown left the service after just a short time after a disagreement with Whitney’s family. We’re told they objected to Bobby bringing a nine-person entourage with him.
Alicia Keys, R. Kelly and Stevie Wonder were among the performers who sung in Whitney’s honor.
Bobbi Brown was spotted at the funeral with his kids, however, after 20 minutes, he left the church. (Some reports claim he was asked to leave, others say that he was too grief-stricken to stay). Rev Al Sharpton (or his people tweeted shortly afterward) “I am at Whitney’s funeral. I spoke w/ Bobby . trying to calm him down & not distract from the services. Today is about Whitney”.
Aretha Franklin was scheduled to appear but had to miss the service due to illness.
Here are the list of guests expected to appear
Scripture by Rev. Joe A. Carter
Selection by Rev. Donnie McClurkin
Expressions by Tyler Perry
Expressions by Bishop T.D. Jakes
Selection by Rev. Kim Burrell
Expressions by Kevin Costner
Expressions by Clive Davis
Expressions by Ray Watson
Selection by Stevie Wonder
Remarks by Ricky Minor
Selection by Alicia Keyes
Selection by R. Kelly
Family Remarks by Patricia Houston
Family Remarks by Dionne Warwick
Selection by CeCe Winans
Eulogy by Rev. Marvin Winans