Aretha, Stevie to Sing at Houston Funeral

    People walk past, a large image of Whitney Houston displayed on the side of the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. Houston's funeral will be held Saturday in the church where she first showcased her singing talents as a child, her family choosing to remember her in a private service rather than in a large event at an arena. Officials had discussed the possibility of holding a memorial at the Prudential Center, a major sports and entertainment venue that can seat about 18,000 people, but the funeral home said it had been ruled out. Houston, 48, died Feb. 11 at a hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., just hours before she was set to perform at producer Clive Davis' pre-Grammy Awards bash. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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    Aretha Franklin, godmother to the late Whitney Houston, is scheduled to perform at the singer's funeral service in Newark's New Hope Baptist Church on Saturday. Her friend Stevie Wonder will also sing in the star-studded affair, as Oprah, Beyonce, Elton John, Alicia Keys, David Bowie, Bill Cosby, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, and many others are expected to attend the invitation-only service. Houston's cousin, Dionne Warwick, filmmaker Tyler Perry, her mentor Clive Davis, and her sister-in-law and manager Patricia Houston are scheduled to speak at the church where she grew up.

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