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* The Grammys gave Whitney Houston a final send-off on Thursday night, where stars like Halle Berry, Britney Spears, Jennifer Hudson and Usher shared their memories and performed in tribute to the late singer.
Whitney Houston’s funeral in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey, taking place at the church where she first started singing in the choir at the age of 11, will be a fitting goodbye to the singer. Guests will include Oprah, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and ex-husband Bobby Brown. For fans across the world, the service will be streamed online. Houston’s record company, Arista, has asked asked fans to honour her spirit by changing their Facebook profile pictures to their favourite image of the singer. Instead of flowers or gifts, the family has asked that donations be made to the Whitney Houston Academy of Creative and Performing Arts – the school the singer attended as a girl, renamed in her honour in 1997.
While authorities investigate Houston’s death, fans here in Los Angeles continue to add more tributes at the site of the iconic popstar’s death – which happened a week ago at the Beverly Hilton hotel.
Whitney Houston’s funeral will be streamed live on Saturday February 18th at 12pm in New York, 9am in Los Angeles and 7pm in South Africa.
Below – the scene outside the Beverly Hilton hotel, where Whitney Houston was found dead on Saturday afternoon, on Valentine’s Day, a few days after the pop-star’s death.
Unlike with Michael Jackson’s passing where there were a number of sites fans could gather and lay tributes down, there is the only real site people on the West Coast can go. Whitney was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the mid-90s but a dedication date wasn’t set down and so she never got it. Her family home is in Newark, New Jersey, so as many fans here outside the hotel told me, this is the only place they can gather.