|Whitney Houston’s loved ones have gathered today (Feb. 18) for a private funeral service at Newark, N.J.’s New Hope Baptist Church. But fans worldwide are able to mourn and remember the life and legacy of the superstar via an online video broadcast of the memorial, which Billboard.com is caring live right here. Be sure to keep it right here beginning at 12pm ET (9am PT) to watch the heartfelt, star-studded farewell to one of music’s greatest voices.
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 Bodyguard,” 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.
Additionally, Billboard.com editor M. Tye Comer ( @MTye) will be adding his commentary throughout the event on the E! Network’s TV broadcast, while Billboard magazine’s editor Danyel Smith ( @danamo) will be speaking live about Whitney on CNN.
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