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UPDATE: READ KEVIN COSTNER‘S EULOGY AT WHITNEY HOUSTON FUNERAL HERE

UPDATE: READ CLIVE DAVIS‘ EULOGY AT WHITNEY HOUSTON FUNERAL HERE

BeBe Winans gave an emotional, heartfelt eulogy Saturday, at Whitney Houston’s funeral. At the conclusion of the eulogy, he joined his sister CeCe Winans in singin “I Really Miss You.”

“We spent a lot of time together and we talk about her voice and we talk about her talent, which was a beautiful thing, but what I’m going to miss is crazy Whitney.”

“If anything I want to share in what I’m going to miss is that Whitney when we were getting ready to to our first major headline tour and Whitney told us we had to come over. So we came over to the house and she said ‘Okay,’ we were sitting in the closet…her closet was about as big as a church so we weren’t crowded. So we’re sitting there, okay, so, all right, I’ve got to tell you what we’re going to do, we’re going to– I went and i had some uniforms made, looked at her, what? she said i’ve got the background dresses for the girls, the three girls in a cream, and, and i got the band and the cream for the shirts and bb i got you a suit, a cream suit and CeCe, I got you a melon dress made and I got me a green one. and she made her a green one. because we going to headline and she was determined and Clive, I know it made Clive so mad, but she decided at the height of her career she was going to come sing background with BeBe and CeCe!”

“And so we sat there and we said, Whitney, you can’t do that, nobody told you to do that, girl, this is not a material relationship!”

“And she said, ‘Okay, okay, look, let me just say this, you my brother and sister, right?’ We we said, ‘Yeah.’ She goes and I’m your sister, right? Yes, you are our sister. She said, okay, and we love each other, right. Yeah, we love each other and she said, and this is what I’m thinking– y’all broke, right?”

“And then she said, I’m rich, right? And I can buy what I want to for y’all, right? And that is the Whitney. That is the Whitney!”

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Just In: Clive Davis Eulogy To Whitney Houston..Read It Here:

UPDATE: READ KEVIN COSTNER‘S EULOGY AT WHITNEY HOUSTON FUNERAL HERE

UPDATE: READ BEBE WINANS‘ EULOGY AT WHITNEY HOUSTON FUNERAL HERE

Read Clive Davis’ eulogy to Whitney Houston at her funeral Saturday in Newark:

You wait for a voice like that for a lifetime.  You wait for a face like that, a smile like that, a presence like that for a lifetime. And when one person embodies it all, well it takes your breath away.  That’s the way I felt in 1983  when in the middle of your act at Sweetwater’s, Cissy, your daughter stepped forward and shattered me with her version of “Greatest Love Of All.” And that night we connected and then we connected with each other every night thereafter for the rest of her life.

I thought of that just this past week when Whitney and I spent Tuesday afternoon in my bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel.  I looked at her on the couch, saw that she had applied a little makeup and was once again taken aback — she was one beautiful woman.  We talked nonstop music, a subject we both fervently loved.  And, as we spoke, I couldn’t help but silently reminisce about all that we had shared together over the years.

In the past every hit we shared, we shared with pure joy.  Neither of us could believe the incredible worldwide explosion when it happened.  When she broke the all time record of seven consecutive #1’s we just felt utter disbelief.  I would ask her:  are you pinching yourself?  She would say, with wide open eyes:  I’m pinching myself.  She never took anything for granted. She was never arrogant.  She was always grateful and appreciative.

And then came The Bodyguard.  She knew how much I worried about her transition to film.  She had to hold my hand, reassuring me that it would be alright.  I said look I’ve got to worry.  I get paid to worry:  So, Whitney, I implored her, please let me worry.  But you know she was right.  She literally lit up the screen.  And when Kevin stood up and agreed with us that the movie had to be changed and opened up to much more music, who can ever forget how she looked when she mesmerized everyone in that stunning headdress with “I Have Nothing,” how she dazzled in her close-ups during Run To You, how she reinvented “I’m Every Woman” and how she captured the world forever with “I Will Always Love You.” And then she followed with two special films Waiting To Exhale and The Preacher’s Wife, were they ever memorable!

Was there anything she couldn’t do musically?  Is there any performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” that remotely compares to hers? Will there ever be?

And then there came time in 1998, because of the passing of years, for what they called a comeback album.  As material accumulated we would meet in my hotel bungalow — in our pajamas at 1:00 a.m., she ordering her hamburger and french fries from room service.  I’ll never forget the expression on her face when she first heard “My Love Is Your Love” and “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay.”  She listened to each song carefully sitting on the carpet and we played each song over and over. Gradually, to my amazement, she had learned the lyrics and she started singing — with each playback she started over and it wasn’t long before she totally owned each song, finding meaning I’m sure the composers never even suspected was there.

And that’s just the way it was with her videos.  Right from the beginning — can you picture her on that big theater stage stirring our hearts with the “Greatest Love Of All” and then turning to run to the wings into her mother’s outstretched arms?  In a flash you can visualize the verve and vitality of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “How Will I Know.” The camera just loved her. Can you ever forget her video for “Heartbreak Hotel” as she approached the water draped in fur?

Memories. Vivid, indelible visual memories. Each of you has them as part of your lives.  I have them scorching my brain right now.  With every album we toured together at least two continents, previewing her new album and with pride playing each cut to a rapt house.  And that includes the last album: I Look To You. We first went to London. I usually would do the talking and play DJ and she would come out at the end to acknowledge everyone.  But with this album a definite difference emerged. She wanted to speak out and she did with assurance — and was she ever articulate!  No longer shy; no longer the introvert.  She was returning to music, her passion and life’s work.  Whitney lived music and Whitney loved music.  This was her world and she was so glad to be back and that’s why I’m talking today about the professional Whitney.  Without knowing of her love of music, her passion for music and her absolutely natural genius in interpreting songs, you really don’t know Whitney Houston.

Personally, all I can say is that I loved her very much.  Whitney was, purely and simply, one of a kind.  Yes, she admitted to crises in her life.  Yes, she confessed to Oprah about her searing battles.  But when I needed her she was there.  She was there for me, an eternally loyal friend.  Whatever the cause or event, she was there dominating the stage, stunning an audience and creating still another lifetime memory.  I Believe In You And Me she sang, looking me straight in the eye, showing she knew we’ve always been in it together. Yes, I was her industry father and I was and am so proud of it.  And Bobbi Kristina you too always, always be proud of your mother.  She loved you so very much.  She defined not only pure talent but true heart and soul as well.  She’ll forever be looking after you and will never let go of your hand.

So, as I said earlier, last week Whitney came to my hotel bungalow alone — no bodyguards, no security, just Whitney and me. And she played her new cuts from Sparkle for me and I played some new music that I liked for her.  It was like old times and she looked at me and quietly said, “I want you to know I’m getting in shape. I’m swimming an hour or two a day and I’m committed to get my high notes back — no cigarettes — plenty of vocal exercising — Clive, I’ll be ready by August.” Well, Whitney I’m gonna hold you to it.  Everyone in heaven — including God — is waiting.  And I just know you’re gonna raise the roof like no one has ever done before.

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Just In: Kevin Costner’s Eulogy To Whitney Houston….Read It Here…

UPDATE: READ BEBE WINANS‘ EULOGY AT WHITNEY HOUSTON FUNERAL HERE

UPDATE: READ CLIVE DAVIS‘ EULOGY AT WHITNEY HOUSTON FUNERAL HERE

Whitney Houston‘s co-star in The Bodyguard, Kevin Costner, gave a moving eulogy at her funeral in Newark today, that prompted a sea of tears and a standing ovation. Here’s his eulogy (some parts of have been edited out)

“What becomes of our broken hearts? Whitney returns home today, to the place where it all began. I ask that we dry our tears, suspend our sorrow, just long enough to remember the sweet miracle that was Whitney. We can’t forget Cissy and Bobbi Kristina sit among us. Your mother and I had a lot in common….A lot of people are thinking, really? You’re a boy, she’s a girl; she’s black, you’re white. I heard you like to sing, but our girl could really sing.”

“I told Whitney I always worried God would ask me to be preacher…Whitney said she wasn’t worried at all. She told God she would be like Aretha and her famous cousin Dionne.”

“We both grew up in the Baptist church…It wasn’t as big as this. my grandmother played the piano and she led the choir. her two daughters sang in it. My earliest memories are tied to that church in Paramount.”

“I can see her in my mind here, running around as a skinny little girl…I can also see her in trouble.”

“At the height of her fame as a singer, I asked her to be my costar. I thought she was the perfect choice. But the red flags came out immediately…It was a lot for the studio to accept and to their credit they did but not without a screen test…Whitney would have to earn it. Whitney was scared the biggest pop star in the work wasn’t sure if she as good enough. I held her hand and told her she looked beautiful and that everyone wanted her to be successful but I could still feel the doubt…It was the burden that made her great and the part that caused her to stumble again.”

“You weren’t just pretty, you were as beautiful as a woman could be…Whitney, if you could hear me now I would tell you you weren’t just good enough, you were great… I was your pretend bodyguard not too long ago and now you’re gone. Off you go, Whitney — escorted by an army of angels and your heavenly father. When you stand before him, don’t you worry. You’ll be good enough.”

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