Though Whitney Houston’s funeral will be an intimate affair, held Saturday in the small New Jersey church she attended and sang in as a child, her fans will be able to share in the memorial by watching along online and on television.
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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 be held at noon at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark.
How can you catch the service?
- 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.
- Click here to watch the live stream on TIME NewsFeed
- 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. BET’s special, Live: The Homegoing of Whitney Houston, will also air at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 PT.
- Access Atlanta has rounded up some websites that will also be live-streaming the services: wsbtv.com, cnn.com/live, livestream.com/aplive, foxnews.com and majicatl.com
- Many radio stations will be airing hour-long tributes to Houston, and taking calls from fans.
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More and more big names are emerging as attendees and participants in the Houston’s funeral: longtime mentor and record producer Clive Davis will speak, while Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder will perform. Franklin was especially close to the singer, considering Houston her goddaughter; Houston called her “Aunt Ree.”
Kevin Costner, who was the singer’s costar in The Bodyguard, will also be speaking, People magazine reports. Houston’s publicist Kristen Foster told the Associated Press that the eulogy will be given by Marvin Winans, a close family friend and gospel singer. Ex-husband Bobby Brown received an invitation, as well as Oprah Winfrey. Also taking part in the program are Alicia Keys, Tyler Perry, Dionne Warwick, Cece Winans, Dionne McClurkin and Rickey Minor.
In honor of the singer, the flags at New Jersey’s government buildings will be flown at half-mast on Saturday, the Washington Post reports.
If you’re looking for some comfort and closure: gather your tissues, tune in online, and pay homage to the great Houston alongside some of her biggest supporters and fellow legendary voices.