For those of you who are interested, The Whitney Houston funeral is streaming live now. RIP Whitney.
Tyler Perry, Kevin Costner, Clive Davis, Rickey Minor and Dionne Warwick spoke at the funeral. Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, and CeCe Winans spoke and sang. Aretha Franklin was set to perform, but cancelled due to illness.
Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Hudson, Mariah Carey, Chaka Khan, and Brandy were in attendance.
Kevin Costner gave a particularly moving speech: “Whitney, if you could hear me now I would tell you you weren’t just good enough, you were great… I was your pretend bodyguard not too long ago and now you’re gone. Off you go, Whitney — escorted by an army of angels and your heavenly father. When you stand before him, don’t you worry. You’ll be good enough.”
Ex-husband, Bobby Brown, reportedly arrived late with an entourage and left over a seating dispute.
ETA: Bobby Brown has issued a statement
“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,” he said. “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.”
Alicia Keys – I Need a Angel