It's been almost a full week since Whitney Houston's tragic death. Since then, news coverage has swarmed the web with on-going related stories, especially those regarding her funeral. Truth be told, it can be a little overwhelming trying to keep up, so in order to save your sanity we've provided a list of eight must-know facts concerning the celebrated singer's funeral.
1. It will be located at New Hope Baptist Church.
Though the Prudential Center was originally going to host a public memorial for the singer, her family decided to hold a private ceremony at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ. 2. The service is invite-only.
Given that this is a private ceremony no one will be allowed into the funeral without an official invite. Police also plan to block the streets around the church to stop others from sneaking in uninvited. Needless to say, security will be tight. 3. Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder will perform.
What better way to honor an outstanding voice than by having two other singing legends perform at her funeral? This is a perfect tribute to Whitney's memory. 4. Kevin Costner will lead a tribute.
According to a close family source, Costner, who was Whitney's co-star in the film The Bodyguard, is planning to speak at the funeral this weekend. 5. Bobby Brown will be in attendance.
Whitney's ex-husband, Bobby Brown, confirmed that he will in fact be attending the funeral for his daughter's sake, despite speculation that her family doesn't want him there. 6. Fans can watch the funeral online.
Although the funeral itself is invite-only, fans can observe the service via live broadcast online since the family will allow the Associated Press to bring one camera inside the church. 7. Clive Davis will also speak at the service.
Davis served as Whitney's musical mentor throughout the majority of her career, so in honor of their history together he'll take the mic and say a few kind words about his beloved friend. 8. Chris Christie will have flags raised half-staff in Whitney's honor.
The New Jersey Governor has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff during her funeral service on Saturday as a way to pay tribute. Christie issued the same order last year after the death of Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band member Clarence Clemons.