Legendary pop singer Whitney Houston will be laid to rest today in a funeral that will be broadcast live on cbsla.com. The singer will be buried in New Jersey exactly a week after her death.
The funeral will be at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, where she first showcased her singing as a child. It 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, cousin Dionne Warwick, Alicia Keys, Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey.
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.