Queen of soul, Ms. Aretha Franklin, who also is the GodMother of the late singer Whitney Houston. Was scheduled to speak and performance at Whitney’s funeral service but the queen of soul pulled a no show. Not to many explanations were given to why she wasn’t there – but now, Aretha released a statement saying she wasn’t there due to health concerns.
ExtraTv reports that, the queen of soul said in a statement: “Regretfully, I am so sorry that I was unable to be with you at Whitney’s service today. I had every intention of being there.” She went on saying: “But unfortunately I had terrible leg spasms and locked leg muscles until 4:00AM this morning following my concert last night, which I’ve been having for the last few days. I feel it necessary and very important to stay off my leg today as much as possible until concert time this evening. My heart goes out to my dear friend Cissy, Dionne, Bobbi Kristina and the rest of the family. May God keep them all. Aretha & the Franklin Family”
R&B singer Alicia Keys was the one who took Aretha’s spot, paying tribute and performing for Whitney’s friends and family at the funeral.
Whitney Houston was laid to rest at her hometown Newark, New Jersey this past Saturday, with family and close friends all-gathered to pay their last respect and celebrate the late singer’s incomparable music career. Her funeral was broadcasted internationally by the Associated Press, who Houston’s family sold the footage to to raise funds for the tragic singer’s daughter.
TMZ reports that, the family spokesman said: “the executors have agreed to license footage to several media outlets for customary fees.” The charged footage fees will go on to “help maximize the estate for the benefit of Bobbi Kristina.”
Bobbi Kristina’s now 18-years-old.
Clive Davis, the music mogul who discovered Whitney Houston’s scheduled to speak at the singer’s funeral this Saturday. Davis, 79, discovered and signed Whitney Houston back in 1983 to his Arista label and guided the star to what she’s known for today.
Whitney Houston’s family released a statement: “thanking God that Clive Davis has been by their side during this terrible time, He has been an unwavering source of emotional support for them, speaking with them hourly, helping them plan the funeral and just being rock-solid.” Reports USA Today.
… other stars confirmed to join Clive Davis at the funeral program at New Hope Baptist Church are: Kevin Costner, Tyler Perry, Stevie Wonder, Rickey Minor, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Alicia Keys, Marvin Winans, CeCe Winans, Kim Burrell and Donnie McClurkin.
Country singer Miranda Lambert announced the cancellation of her Florida show due the lost of her childhood friend Mark Adams, who died when a carstruck him as he was helping a stranded driver on the side of the road…
Lambert also lost her father-in-law earlier this month – taking her Twitter page to express her sadness: “I have lost a friend I’ve had since 3rd grade today in a tragic accident. When will this pain end. Please pray for peace”
The singer scheduled Florida show was set for Friday (03, Feb12)., it’s now postponed to the next day Saturday (04, Fab12) in Orlando, Florida.