Though Whitney Houston’s funeral will be an intimate affair, held Saturday in New Jersey’s New Hope Baptist Church, where Houston wowed the congregation with her powerful voice even as a young girl, loyal fans across the globe will be able to share in the memorial by watching along online.
According to the Washington Post, the decision to share the private service with the public online is a compromise, since so many fans wish to say goodbye to the legendary singer. Hollywood.com reports that only one camera from the Associated Press will be allowed in the church, and the service will begin at 12:00pm EST on Saturday, February 18.
Watch the Whitney Houston funeral live stream below (beginning at noon):
Other sites that will be streaming Whitney Houston funeral are as follows:
CNN will air the funeral live starting at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 PT. Piers Morgan, Soledad O’Brien, and Don Lemon will anchor the network’s coverage, which will start at 11 a.m.
E! News will be hosting a special report, Whitney Houston: The Funeral, at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 PT, USA Today reports. The network will also be posting live updates to its Twitter feed, and will simulcast their network coverage.
Finally, many radio stations will be airing hour-long tributes to Houston, and taking calls from fans.
It’s been confirmed that “nearly a dozen celebrities and personalities – including Chaka Khan, Diane Warren, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Darlene Love, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Ray J and Brandy to name a few – will be in some of the 1,500 coveted, ‘invitation-only’ seats.” It was reported earlier this week that Bobby Brown would not be allowed at the funeral but Houston’s former husband denied the report.
Gospel singer Marvin L. Winans, a longtime family friend of Houston’s, will give the eulogy and Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder are expected to perform musical tributes.
If you’re looking for some comfort and closure: gather your tissues, hop on your computer, and pay homage to the great Houston alongside some of her biggest supporters and fellow legendary voices.
Readers let us know: Will you be tuning in to watch Whitney Houston’s funeral later this afternoon?