Singing legend Whitney Houston, who had one of the greatest voices of all, was laid to rest at her home church, New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ today.  Her family and friends, who happen to be among the biggest stars on the planet paid their final respects to their friend, The Winans, Alicia Keys, R.Kelly, Stevie Wonder, and gospel singer Kim Burrell sang in a beautiful service, presided over by her cousin Dionne Warwick.  News Articles and Tweets below:

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Sending love to the family. We love you Whitney. We’ll never forget you.

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My prayers go out to Whitney Houstons family .. May Gods comfort mercy and grace continually keep them strong

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Watching Whitney’s funeral. I’m literally in tears! My heart truly aches 💔💔💔💔

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I’m watching with a very heavy heart…RIP.

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Bye Whitney…All my love forever…🌹

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RT: If Whitney Houston has changed your views on music tweet how and include #WHchangedmusic she is an angel and she has gone home

#RIPWHITNEYHOUSTON Your music will live on forever. Music will never be the same. I love you, you have changed my life and my view on music

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Just spoke2Rev Jesse Jackson & Al Sharpton abt BobbyBrown leaving funeral. They said BB sat in FAMILY section & ushers told him to move.

What was the most beautiful part of Whitney Houston’s Homegoing service to you?

From Aretha: “What a fitting celebration for her life from those whom she inspired, loved, and cared about including me! Aunt Ree”

Hoping this service brings Bobbi Kristina comfort with all the beautiful testamonies about her mom.

ArethaFranklin email to me: “So, enjoyed BB, Bishop Jakes, and Stevie – every sentiment that was expressed!”

Kevin Costner wonderful talking abt how he postponed making The Bodyguard a year so he could wait 4 Whitney to be available.

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Let the church say Amen… Rest Now Whitney… Thank you… You Gave Good Love to the World…

Thank you @CoryBooker and @GovChristie for the respect and hospitality -you are showing Whitney’s legacy #acrosstheaislelove 4 a #JerseyGirl

@toetappin66 but at the end behind her daughter’s casket… just a grief stricken mother- so painful

Thank you Cissy Houston for sharing your daughter with us one final time Selflessly allowing us all to grieve. Praying for you. #Whitney

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Kim Burrell is the greatest …. Rest in heaven Whitney Houston …

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#WhitneyHomegoing service and the people representing and honoring her is beautiful #WhitneyCNN

On CNN is my pastor buster Sories and rev Jessie jackson rt now talking about the #real Whitney. She was from my hometown #Newark powerful

Ok heavy day. Love you Whitney

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I speak peace, joy & happiness over the family! God bless

We’ll ALWAYS love you Whitney! #RIPWhitney

the world may have gotten to u…BUT GOD always had you! I’m rejoicing for you Whitney! You have returned Home! #whitneyhomegoing

You betta TEACH!!! #PASTORMARVINLWINANS

Whitney Houston remembered at hometown funeral

4:28 PM, Feb. 18, 2012  |
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The coffin holding the remains of singer Whitney Houston is carried to a hearse after funeral services at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. Houston died last Saturday at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., at the age 48.

The coffin holding the remains of singer Whitney Houston is carried to a hearse after funeral services at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. Houston died last Saturday at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., at the age 48. / Associated Press
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NEWARK, N.J. — Clapping hands and swaying to gospel hymns in the church where Whitney Houston’s powerful voice once wowed her congregation, the biggest names in entertainment sang along with the choir to remember the pop superstar at her hometown funeral Saturday.

“We are here today, hearts broken but yet with God’s strength we celebrate the life of Whitney Houston,” the Rev. Joe A. Carter told the packed New Hope Baptist Church after the choir behind him sang “The Lord is My Shepherd.”

Mourners including singer Jennifer Hudson and Houston’s mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, stood, swayed and clapped along in the aisles. Gospel singers BeBe Winans and the Rev. Kim Burrell joined with pop stars like Alicia Keys in paying tribute to the 48-year-old pop superstar who first began singing in the Newark church.

“You wait for a voice like that for a lifetime,” said music mogul Clive Davis, who shepherded Houston’s career for decades.

The service had lighthearted moments too — Kevin Costner imagining a young Houston using her winning smile to get out of trouble, Houston’s cousin Dionne Warwick offering short insights about the singer.

Others were more mournful; singer Ray J., who spent time with Houston during her last days, broke down crying. His sister, singer Brandy, put her arm around him. Cissy Houston and Houston’s daughter, 18-year-old Bobbi Kristina, clutched each other. Toward the end of the service, Bobbi Kristina and Ray J. embraced at length and spoke. Others gathered near the front of the church and hugged each other.

The most powerful moment was reserved for the end. As Houston’s casket was carried out, her hit “I Will Always Love You” played. Bobbi Kristina began crying, and the sobs of Houston’s mother rang throughout the church.

“My baby!” she wailed.

Stevie Wonder and Oprah Winfrey were among the biggest names gathered to mourn Houston, along with Hudson, Monica, Brandy and Jordin Sparks — representing a generation of big-voiced young singers who grew up emulating her.

Bobby Brown leaves church as Whitney Houston’s funeral begins

February 18, 2012 |  1:11 pm
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Bobby Brown leaves Whitney Houston's funeral service

This post has been updated, as indicated below.

Bobby Brown was invited to the funeral of Whitney Houston on Saturday, but he left shortly after the “home going” service began, reportedly over a seating dispute.

Brown’s invite was for him plus two guests, but he showed up with an entourage of nine, according to TMZ, which said the singer became upset when the entire party could not be seated. Sources told the website that Brown wanted to sit with his daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown.

[Updated at 1:25 p.m. Feb. 18: Brown’s rep has released a statement indicating that he and his children were invited, seated by security and then asked to move three times. “I fail to understand why security treated my family this way and continue to ask us and no one else to move,” he said in the statement, adding that he was prevented from attempting to see Bobbi Kristina.

“Security then prevented me from attempting to see my daughter Bobbi-Kristina. In light of the events, I gave a kiss to the casket of my ex-wife and departed as I refused to create a scene. My children are completely distraught over the events. This was a day to honor Whitney. I doubt Whitney would have wanted this to occur. I will continue to pay my respects to my ex-wife the best way I know how.”]

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Bobbi Kristina, Whitney Houston’s only child, was seated in the front row of the New Hope Baptist Church, where speakers and singers repeatedly addressed her and Cissy Houston directly during the nearly four-hour service.

According to CNN, Brown had entered the church, gone up to the casket and was crying over his ex-wife, but left in an SUV about 10 minutes into the service. Sources told CNN he chose to leave when his entourage could not be accommodated inside the church.

Following the service, Jesse Jackson told CNN  that he’d tried to get Brown to stay after the singer and several members of his entourage were asked to leave the front row. “That was a very difficult moment for all of us.”

“It seems to me that they could have accommodated him better than they did,” Jackson said.

Tweeting from outside the church, the Rev. Al Sharpton said, “I am at Whitney’s funeral. I spoke with Bobby Brown trying to calm him down and not distract from the services. Today is about Whitney! I am going back in the services, I did my best out here. Can’t tweet from inside the sanctuary, I hope the press will not distort the day.”

After the service, Sharpton told CNN that Brown had shown nothing but respect, and asked that the singer be left alone.

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