Aretha Franklin Cancels Whitney Houston Funeral Performance

Aretha Franklin, soul legend and Whitney Houston’s godmother, has cancelled her performance at the late singer’s funeral. The singer was expected to give an emotional rendition of one of Whitney Houston’s hits, but Franklin cancelled the performance due to illness.

US Magazine reports that Franklin, 69, was scheduled to perform “The Greatest Love of All” at Houston’s funeral service today at the New Hope Baptist Church but she has cancelled her performance.

Even without Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston’s funeral will be a star-studded event. Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys are both scheduled to sing today. Kevin Costner, Clive Davis, and Tyler Perry will all be making speeches.

You can watch a live video of Whitney Houston’s funeral here.

A few days after Whitney was found dead in a bathtub at a Beverly Hills Hotel, Franklin released a statement saying:

“I just can’t talk about it now. It’s so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn’t believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen. My heart goes out to Cissy, her daughter Bobbi Kris, her family and Bobby.”

Do you think Aretha Franklin is really too ill to sing? Or do you think she’s just overcome with grief?

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