Celebs Speak at Whitney's Funeral

Houston's service taking place in New Jersey, being live-streamed

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 18, 2012 9:15 AM CST | Updated Feb 18, 2012 3:20 PM CST

(Newser) – Celebrities are flocking to Whitney Houston's funeral service today in New Jersey, where Houston's cousin Dionne Warwick is presiding, MSNBC reports. (It's being streamed here.) Among the remarks made by America's entertainers:

  • Tyler Perry spoke about a constant in Houston's life: a "grace that kept on carrying her all the way through, the same grace led her all the way to the top of the charts. She sang for presidents."

  • Kevin Costner recalled a co-star in The Bodyguard who "still wondered, 'am I good enough? Am I pretty enough? Will they like me?'" Uncertainty about her fame "was the burden that made her great and the part that caused her to stumble in the end."
  • Gospel singer BeBe Winans remembered Houston's "craziness"—and the day she offered at the top of her fame to sing services to him, saying, "Y'all are broke, right?"
Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina, held up Houston's mother Cissy in the front row. At the end, when Houston's casket was carried out, "I Will Always Love You" played over the speakers. Bobbi Kristina sobbed and Houston's mother cried out: "My baby!"

A coffin holding the remains of singer Whitney Houston is carried into the New Hope Baptist Church.
A coffin holding the remains of singer Whitney Houston is carried into the New Hope Baptist Church.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Two women pause near a memorial display outside the church.
Two women pause near a memorial display outside the church.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
A woman holds a poster near the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark.
A woman holds a poster near the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark.   (Getty Images)
A woman carries a poster of Whitney Houston near the New Hope Baptist Church.
A woman carries a poster of Whitney Houston near the New Hope Baptist Church.   (Getty Images)
A Whitney Houston fan looks at photos of her near the church.
A Whitney Houston fan looks at photos of her near the church.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Singer Stevie Wonder, right, leaves the funeral service for Whitney Houston at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J.,  Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012.
Singer Stevie Wonder, right, leaves the funeral service for Whitney Houston at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Bobby Brown, left, is greeted outside during the funeral of his ex-wife Whitney Houston at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012.
Bobby Brown, left, is greeted outside during the funeral of his ex-wife Whitney Houston at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
The Rev. Jesse Jackson leaves Whigham Funeral Home after visiting with the family of Whitney Houston before going to her funeral in Newark, N.J. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson leaves Whigham Funeral Home after visiting with the family of Whitney Houston before going to her funeral in Newark, N.J. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012.   (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
Renee Taylor of Baltimore stands with a sign a few blocks from the New Hope Baptist Church.
Renee Taylor of Baltimore stands with a sign a few blocks from the New Hope Baptist Church.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
The hearse carrying the body of Whitney Houston leaves Whigham Funeral Home in Newark for a short ride to the New Hope Baptist Church.
The hearse carrying the body of Whitney Houston leaves Whigham Funeral Home in Newark for a short ride to the New Hope Baptist Church.   (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, center, leaves Whigham Funeral Home after visiting with the family of Whitney Houston before going to the New Hope Baptist Church for her funeral.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, center, leaves Whigham Funeral Home after visiting with the family of Whitney Houston before going to the New Hope Baptist Church for her funeral.   (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
Candles burn at a memorial at a memorial to Whitney Houston outside New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., early Saturday.
Candles burn at a memorial at a memorial to Whitney Houston outside New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., early Saturday.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
A person stops at a memorial to Whitney Houston outside New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., early Saturday.
A person stops at a memorial to Whitney Houston outside New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., early Saturday.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Mounted police prepare for the funeral service for Whitney Houston outside near the New Hope Baptist Church.
Mounted police prepare for the funeral service for Whitney Houston outside near the New Hope Baptist Church.   (Getty Images)
The Rev. Jesse Jackson arrives at the New Hope Baptist Church for funeral services.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson arrives at the New Hope Baptist Church for funeral services.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Police officers stand on a roof near the New Hope Baptist Church.
Police officers stand on a roof near the New Hope Baptist Church.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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