Aretha Franklin Will Perform at Whitney Houston’s Funeral
Aretha Franklin will be performing at Whitney Houston‘s invite-only funeral service on Feb. 18, Entertainment Tonight is reporting. Record label executive Clive Davis, who helped guide the careers of both singers as the president of Arista Records for a quarter-century, personally requested to have Franklin perform, and the Queen of Soul found it impossible to turn down the invitation.
Franklin was Houston’s godmother and appeared briefly in her ‘How Will I Know’ video. Earlier this week, Franklin performed part of ‘I Will Always Love You’ on stage as a tribute to the woman she called “one of the greatest singers that has ever stood before a microphone.”
Franklin said after hearing the news of Houston’s death, “It’s so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn’t believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen. My heart goes out to Cissy, her daughter Bobbi Kris, her family and Bobby.”