The late, great Whitney Houston, Sir Elton John, and Sir Paul McCartney are all new Grammy Hall of Fame inductees. Find out more.
Kevin Costner emotional at Whitney funeral
Kevin appeared alongside Whitney in 1992 movie The Bodyguard and discussed their time on set during his speech.
He admitted people were unsure about casting her as she didn’t have film experience, drawing laughs as he said he fought for her.
“I thought she was the perfect choice but the red flags came out immediately,” he said. “I was reminded that this would be her first acting role. You could also think about another singer, was the suggestion - maybe somebody white. Nobody ever said it out loud, but it was a fair question…
“I told everyone that I had taken notice that Whitney was black. The only problem was that I thought she was perfect for what we were trying to do.”
Kevin’s speech lasted 20 minutes and he also explained she feared she wasn’t good enough for the movie role, which she made famous with her rendition of I Will Always Love You.
“Whitney, if you could hear me now, I would tell you, you weren’t just good enough, you were great,” he said.
“You weren’t just pretty, you were as beautiful as a woman could be. And people didn’t just like you Whitney, they loved you.
“Off you go Whitney, off you go. Escorted by an army of angels to your heavenly father. When you sing before him, don’t you worry. You’ll be good enough.”
There was speculation Whitney’s ex-husband Bobby Brown might not attend, but he was seen at the church. However, he left soon after the service began.
Pastor Joe Carter is leading the service and took time to remind the mourners why they were there as it started. “We're here today with hearts broken, but with God's strength we celebrate the life of Whitney Houston,” he said.
The singer’s cousin Dionne Warwick invited speakers and singers on stage, among them Tyler Perry who spoke of the “grace” that “carried” Whitney.
Alicia Keys performed, with Dionne stating Whitney had always raved about her talent. The young star was emotional as she spoke of her friendship with Whitney and had to be handed tissues as she collected herself.
Whitney’s mentor Clive Davis has also spoken about the star.
In the days running up to the service it was reported that her godmother Aretha Franklin would sing there. However, she was forced to pull out at the last minute after suffering leg spasms.
The late star has left the bulk of her estate to her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown.
Dresses and jewellery that once belonged to the late star will go up for auction next month.
Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse will both be honoured at the ceremony tomorrow night.