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Main Acts At Whitney Houston’s NJ Funeral: Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder And Kevin Costner

Whitney Houston’s last act is set to be a star-studded occasion.

The New York Post says that Whitney’s godmother Aretha Franklin is slated to perform at Whitney’s funeral in Newark tomorrow, along with crooner Stevie Wonder and gospel singers BeBe and CeCe Winans.

“I know Whitney would have wanted me to do the show,” said Aretha. “Some people might want to close off the world at a time like this. I want to be with other people. That’s what helps me.”

The soul queen will make “I Will Always Love You” the centerpiece of her tribute, and is even adding the song to her regular program for her upcoming Radio City shows.

Speaking at the funeral will be Kevin Costner, Whitney’s The Bodyguard co-star. He might make mention of the fact that he was the one who pushed for Whitney to sing “I Will Always Love You,” originally a Dolly Parton country ballad, as the climactic number in The Bodyguard.

“Dolly’s song was a song that I just always really, really loved,” Costner told ABC News in 2009. “And truth be told, the musical side of her camp was very unsure about this little country song.”

He continued: “When we decided it would be a cappella for the movie, they said it would never play on the radio with this a capella thing in front. I said, ‘I don’t really care. But I wouldn’t be too sure about that.’ ”

After “I Will Always Love You” spent 14 weeks at the top of the charts, it’s safe to safe Costner’s decision was the right one. We hope he’ll incorporate that story into his eulogy.

And, once again, Whitney: we will always love you.

By:           Evan Mulvihill
On:           Feb 17, 2012
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  • 4 Comments
    • Fisher of Men
      Fisher of Men

      Because, you know, funerals are all about celebrity get-togethers and sing-alongs.

      Feb 17, 2012 at 1:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Oh, ok.
      Oh, ok.

      @Fisher of Men: Many people around the world want to say goodbye to Whitney and this makes it more accessible to other people. These celebrity guests and musical acts will draw the attention of global news stations so everyone can see her laid to rest.

      I don’t see what the problem is. If it was literally just a funeral it probably wouldn’t be televised for more than 5 minutes tops.

      Feb 17, 2012 at 4:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Realist
      The Realist

      Hmmm. Just found out on CNN that “Ex-Gay” homophobe, Donny Mcclurkin, will be singing. Kinda disappointed in that.

      Feb 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • shannon
      shannon

      NOW IF THIS WERE TALENT-LESS BRITTANY SPEARS….KESHA ETC….YOU ALL WOULD BE FALLING OUT IN THE STREETS CRYING HOW YOU LOVE HER AND MISS HERE……

      Feb 18, 2012 at 8:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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