Tyler Perry delivered an impassioned tribute to Whitney Houston during the singer’s funeral at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., praising the singer’s grace, talent, and dedication to God. Said Perry, who said he often spoke to Houston about her faith, “There are two constants that I know about Whitney Houston. There was a grace that carried, a grace that carried her down from heaven through Miss Cissy Houston, a grace that brought her up through singing.” Watch video of his speech after the jump.
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One of the most touching speeches at Whitney Houston’s funeral came from an unlikely source: Kevin Costner. The actor, who starred in 1992’s The Bodyguard with Houston, spoke at length about the multi-hyphenate who passed away Feb. 11, and their bond over growing up in the Baptist Church. If you missed the speech broadcast live, watch the speech — which led to a standing ovation for Costner — in three parts embedded after the jump. “You weren’t just pretty,” Costner said, addressing Houston, who he said was very unsure of herself during The Bodyguard‘s shooting. “You were as beautiful as a woman could be. And people didn’t just like you Whitney. They loved you.” READ FULL STORY
Bobby Brown left Whitney Houston's funeral after being kept away from Bobbi Kristina: 'I fail to understand why security treated my family this way'
UPDATE: Bobby Brown’s representative issued a statement regarding Brown’s early exit at Whitney Houston’s funeral at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J.: “My children and I were invited to the funeral of my ex-wife Whitney Houston. We were seated by security and then subsequently asked to move on three separate occasions. I fail to understand why security treated my family this way and continue to ask us and no one else to move … Security then prevented me from attempting to see my daughter Bobbi-Kristina. In light of the events, I gave a kiss to the casket of my ex-wife and departed as I refused to create a scene. My children are completely distraught over the events. This was a day to honor Whitney. I doubt Whitney would have wanted this to occur. I will continue to pay my respects to my ex-wife the best way I know how.”
EARLIER: Bobby Brown was reportedly not in attendance for Whitney Houston’s entire funeral, but there are conflicting reports describing why and when he had left the service. People reports a source claimed Brown was turned away from the ceremony Saturday at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J. A source tells People: “Bobby was outside the church … he hugged his brother and then got in a car, and they drove him off … They wouldn’t allow him in.”
But others say he was invited to attend to support his daughter with Houston, Bobbi Kristina, and was in fact inside the church. HLN tweeted, “He walked by Whitney’s casket and then came back up the isle. His eyes were red, and his head was down.” CNN reports that Brown and his entourage left during the service. (Others claim Brown left in a Cadillac Escalade with children Landon and LaPrincia.) Earlier, Al Sharpton, who was in attendance at funeral, tweeted during the ceremony: “I am at Whitney’s funeral. I spoke with Bobby Brown trying to calm him down and not distract from the services. Today is about Whitney!”
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Though Aretha Franklin was originally on tap to sing “The Greatest Love of All” at Whitney Houston’s funeral Saturday, the Queen of Soul had to cancel her appearance. CNN reports a rep for the singer says Franklin is too ill to perform. UPDATE: People reports Franklin said leg spasms kept her from appearing and performing at the funeral. Said Franklin in a statement: “Regretfully, I am so sorry that I was unable to be with you at Whitney’s service today. I had every intention of being there. But unfortunately I had terrible leg spasms and locked leg muscles until 4:00 a.m. this morning following my concert last night, which I’ve been having for the last few days … I feel it necessary and very important to stay off my leg today as much as possible until concert time this evening. My heart goes out to my dear friend Cissy, Dionne, Bobbi Kristina and the rest of the family. May God keep them all.”
The funeral — which is being held at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J. and is being broadcast and streamed online live — will, however, still feature performances from Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, Stevie Wonder, Kim Burrell, and BeBe Winans. Houston’s cousin Dionne Warwick, Kevin Costner, Clive Davis, and Tyler Perry are expected to speak at the funeral.
One day ahead of Whitney Houston’s funeral, the singer’s family gathered in her Newark, N.J., hometown to begin their goodbyes to Houston, People reports. Dionne Warwick, the musician’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, and her mother, Cissy Houston, reportedly attended a wake at the Whigham funeral home Friday. Caroline Whigham, the funeral director, told those gathered outside the funeral home that the viewing “was done in privacy. It was between a mother, a daughter, two brothers, and a family.”
Houston’s funeral will be held Saturday at the New Hope Baptist Church, also in Newark. (Also known as the church in which Houston got her start as a singer.) Click here to watch the event with EW and Essence.
Whitney Houston’s funeral on Saturday will feature performances from Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder, The Associated Press reported today.
Oprah Winfrey and Kevin Costner were among the celebrities invited to the private service at the Newark Baptist Church, where Houston grew up singing in New Jersey. Houston’s mentor Clive Davis is scheduled to speak, as well as gospel singer Marvin Williams.
An invitation was extended to Whitney Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown, contrary to reports that he was banned from the funeral. A source told People “Bobby will be there at the funeral to support his [and Houston’s] daughter [Bobbi Kristina Brown, 18]. There was some talk … some people were angry at him, but that’s just grief. He will be there.”
Brown has a concert with New Edition on Saturday in Connecticut and plans to perform at that event following the funeral, People reports.
Houston’s funeral will be livestreamed on EW.com, beginning at 12p.m. ET Saturday.
During his visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Diddy recalled his memories of Houston (who will be laid to rest on Saturday) and how he wound up as a guest at her 1992 wedding to Bobby Brown.
“When I was growing up in the music industry, before I had success, I somehow got on her wedding invitation,” Diddy told DeGeneres, “So I was at her wedding but I didn’t really know her — but it was one of the hottest things in town for the music industry.”
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Broken hearts gathered at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., for Whitney Houston’s funeral one week following the singer’s unexpected death Feb. 11. That includes family, friends, and some famous faces – Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder sang at the funeral while Kevin Costner and Clive Davis spoke about the star. Scroll down to replay the live blog of the event, hosted by EW.com’s Kate Ward and Essence Managing Editor Dawnie Walton.
Gov. Chris Christie has strongly defended his decision to have flags flown at half-staff Saturday for Whitney Houston despite receiving emails and other messages disparaging the singer and criticizing him.
The Republican governor said Wednesday that he rejects complaints that Houston “forfeited the good things that she did” because of her struggles with substance abuse.
“What I would say to everybody is there but for the grace of God go I,” he said. READ FULL STORY
That figure marks a 95 percent increase over last week — almost entirely as a result of buzz, not necessarily her six Grammy wins. (Soundscan tracks album sales through Sunday night, so the real effect of the Grammy boost will be seen next week.) All told, 21 has topped the chart for 20 weeks (coincidentally, the same amount of time that The Bodyguard soundtrack did) and has sold over 6.6 million copies. The set should blaze right past the 7 million mark over the next few days.
Van Halen’s A Different Kind of Truth started off in second place with 187,000 copies, just a touch behind the band’s last record 1998’s Van Halen III which started its run with 191,000 units. Now 41 debuted one slot lower, moving 141,000 discs — a consistent result for the veteran franchise.
In fourth, the Fray’s Scars and Stories sold 87,000 copies, less than half of what the band’s last album achieved in its first week. Their 2009 self-titled collection moved 179,000 in its first week, though that album’s lead single “You Found Me” caught on with listeners much more than Scars‘ first single “Heartbeat” has. Paul McCartney’s latest album Kisses on the Bottom opened in fifth place with 74,000.
Following her tragic death on Saturday night, Whitney Houston reentered the Top 10 at No. 6 with Whitney: The Greatest Hits, which sold 64,000 units, an increase of 5,994 percent. Consumers took to digital retailers to revisit Houston’s catalog. Collectively, her albums sold 101,000 total copies — 91,000 of which were digital. Again, though, since Soundscan only counts sales through Sunday, Houston will likely receive a much bigger bump next week.
Dierks Bentley debuted in seventh place with his new album Home, which sold 55,000 units this week, a better result than his bluegrass effort Up on the Ridge, which moved 39,000 copies in its first frame.
The Civil Wars also received a notable Grammy bump. Their debut disc Barton Hollow jumped from No. 121 to No. 41 after their buzzy minute-long performance on Sunday night. It will be interesting to see how high they climb on next week’s chart.
Check out the full Top 10 below: READ FULL STORY
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