Whitney Houston's death has shocked the entire music industry and the entertainment fraternity. Her loss will indeed remain irreplaceable for centuries and her absence can never be compensated for. On this somber note Whitney’s colleague, friends and family will gather at her funeral live starting at 11 a.m. ET. The funeral will also be televised live on CNN TV, CNN.com/live, and the CNN mobile apps.
Whitney Houston has been an institution for the music industry, the six-time Grammy Award winner and only artist to consecutively chart seven No. 1 hits, has left this world but her name will always remain alive. Whitney Houston’s funeral services will be performed today in Newark, New Jersey, church where she performed as a child in front of her family and community.
Numerous renowned celebrities and veterans who have been her associates and colleagues will be attending the ceremony. Tyler Perry; "The Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin; Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder; and Academy Award winnerwill be there at the funeral. Her death has brought such big names together in one place after a very long time.
There is no doubt that Whitney was one of the most popular and a talented artist in the world but her funeral isn’t all about remembering her fame. This was reported by one of her family friends Pastor Marvin Winans. The funeral is expected to be attended by about 1500 people who will travel from all parts of the country. Millions of fans will be glued to their television screens as it will be broadcasted live.
In Newark, 2,700 miles away from Los Angeles, they will remember the 11-year-old girl nicknamed "Nippy," who followed in the footsteps of her mother, Cissy, by singing in the junior gospel choir. They will remember Houston the superstar, returning for Easter Sunday services, never losing her roots after making it big.
The funeral will be followed by a ‘home going’ service for the family of the deceased. This has been mentioned in the funeral invitation letter.
Many celebrities have already started paying tribute to Whitney Houston. Friday night, Franklin paid tribute to Houston at a Radio City Music Hall concert in New York. He said “We will always remember her kindness, her grace, her smile and her dynamic performances. But she's moved on up just a little bit higher now, and we don't wonder where she is”