Stars Pay Respect to Whitney

It’s been less than a week since legendary singer Whitney Houston was laid to rest at a private funeral in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey and the music world is still reeling from her death.

Houston, who died Feb.11 in California at the age of 48, was buried Saturday, Feb. 18, at a New Jersey cemetery where her father was laid to rest in 2003. The cause of her death is still undetermined.

The invitation-only funeral at the pop star’s childhood church featured tributes from some of the biggest names in entertainment, including music mogul Clive Davis, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, and actor Kevin Costner.

Keys, who worked with Houston on her 2009 comeback album, “I Look To You,” shared how the singer inspired her and other artists.

“I feel like in so many ways, she reached back to so many people,” said Keys, who sang “Send Me an Angel” during the ceremony. “She reached back to me, she reached back to Monica and Brandy and Jordin [Sparks] and all these beautiful young artists and made us feel strong and capable and loved. She’s an angel to us and she’s been an angel to us. I think we’ve been sent an angel for a long time.”

Houston had countless hits, including “How Will I Know,” “I Have Nothing,” and “I Want To Dance With Somebody.”

Watch the video for her biggest hit, “I Will Always Love You,” below.

Brooks Newkirk

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