Whitney Houston’s fans will be given a virtual front-row seat for what’s shaping up to be a star-studded funeral.
Houston’s publicist, Kristen Foster, announced Wednesday that The Associated Press will be allowed a camera at Saturday’s private service at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J. Viewers can watch the funeral here (9 a.m. PST, noon EST).
Houston got her start singing in the choir of the church, whose pews can seat about 1,500. Houston’s mother, Grammy award-winning gospel singer Cissy Houston, led the church’s musical program. Houston’s cousin, singer Dionne Warwick, also sang in its choir.
On Saturday, Grammy-winning gospel singer and longtime family friend Marvin Winans will deliver Houston’s eulogy. His siblings, the gospel duo BeBe & CeCe Winans (also Grammy winners), could sing at the event, according to the New York Daily News.
Houston’s godmother, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder are slated to perform at the funeral, while record producer and longtime Houston champion Clive Davis will speak, according to People.
Kevin Costner, who co-starred with Houston on the hit 1992 film “The Bodyguard,” will also speak during the funeral service, People reported.
Other celebrities who could be in attendance include: Houston’s on-again off-again boyfriend Ray J and his sister Brandy, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, record exec L.A. Reid, singers Valerie Simpson, Chaka Khan and Darlene Love, the Daily News reported.
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