LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Legendary pop singer Whitney Houston will be laid to rest Saturday in a funeral that will be broadcast live on KCAL9 and cbsla.com.
Houston, 48, died the day before the Grammy Awards on Feb. 11. She was found dead in a bathtub in the Beverly Hilton.
The singer will be buried in New Jersey Saturday, exactly a week after her death.
The funeral at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, where she first showcased her singing as a child, will be closed to the public and will be an invitation-only ceremony.
More than 1,500 guests are expected, including Chaka Khan, music mogul LA Reid, singer Brandy and her brother Ray J, who was romantically linked to Houston several times, singer Darlene Love and cousin Dionne Warwick.
Aretha Franklin, Houston’s godmother, and Stevie Wonder are scheduled to perform. Kevin Costner, Houston’s costar in the 1992 film “The Bodyguard,” has been asked to speak, along with record executive Clive Davis.
Houston will be buried at Fair View Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey, where her father, John Russell Houston, Jr., was buried in 2003.
Gospel singer/pastor Marvin L. Winans, a longtime member of the Houston family and a member of the singing Winans family, will give the eulogy. Winans officiated at Houston’s 1992 marriage to R&B singer Bobby Brown.
The funeral will be streamed live on CBSLA.com starting at 9 a.m. Saturday.