Tyler Perry joined a slew of stars at Whitney Houston’s funeral Saturday to bid the late diva farewell.
While Alicia Keys honored the late singer in song, actors, Kevin Costner and Tyler Perry offered up words.
“Before I could get words out to encourage her she would say ‘but the Lord,'” said Perry, noting Houston’s strong faith.
Perry went on to describe the two constants he knew of the late singer, “Grace” and her “Love for the Lord.”
“There are two constants that I know about Whitney Houston that there was a grace that carried,” he said. “A grace that carried her down from heaven and through Miss Cissy Houston, a grace that brought her up through singing.”
“There was a grace that kept on carrying her all the way through,” said Perry, before sharing the other constant, “Whitney Houston loved the Lord.”
“And in every conversation we had over the years, it was evident that she loved the Lord,” he explained. “So say whatever you want, God was for her and she is resting singing with the angels.”
During Saturday’s service, Alicia Keys performed a beautiful rendition of “Send Me An Angel.” Keys also spoke to the crowd, saying, “It’s so obvious that she crept into everybody’s heart,” and that “She was just a beautiful human being. Really, really caring thoughtful human being.”
“So what becomes of our broken hearts?” he asked the crowd after explaining that her famous “I Will Always Love You” song almost didn’t make it into the famous movie.
Costner explained, “Whitney returns home today to the place where it all began and I urge us all, inside and outside, across the nation and around the world to dry our tears, suspend our sorrow and perhaps our anger just long enough, just long enough to remember the sweet miracle of Whitney.”
A week earlier, Houston, who was known for her amazing voice, was found unconscious in a bathtub of a California hotel just hours before she was set to attend music mogul Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Awards party. She was pronounced dead after attempts to revive the singer failed.
She best known for turning “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton into a major hit. Another song that wasn’t original work but Houston turned to gold was, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
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