E!'s Live Coverage From "Whitney Houston's Memorial" Premières Sunday, February 19th 2012
This weekend, Whitney Houston will be laid to rest exactly one week to the day since her sudden death. The legendary diva's funeral is set for Saturday (U.S. TIME) at the New Hope Baptist Church in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey, and will be invitation only - attended by 1,500 people family and close friends.
To ensure that her millions of fans get a chance to say goodbye, Houston's family has agreed to make the service available for television broadcast. E! will air three hours of live coverage, commercial free, including commentary from the E! News studios and a live memorial feed on Sunday, February 19th at 3:30am AEDT.
On the guest list will be a host of music luminaries, among them Grammy winners Chaka Khan and CeCe Winans, songwriter Diane Warren, R&B singers Brandy and Darlene Love, record producer Antonio "L.A." Reid, and Houston's co-star in The Bodyguard Kevin Costner, who a family source tells E! News, will speak along with Houston's mentor, music mogul Clive Davis. Brandy's brother and Houston's recent party companion Ray J is also on the list.
Whitney's godmother, the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder are both expected to sing at the funeral, which is being planned by Houston's cousin Dionne Warwick. Pastor Marvin L. Winans, a close friend of the Houstons, will preside over the service. He also officiated the songstress' marriage to Bobby Brown in 1992. The memorial will be an emotional affair celebrating the life of one of the music world's greatest singers.
Whitney Houston Memorial airs Sunday, February 19th at 3:30am AEDT (no repeats) only on E!.