PEOPLE: Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder to sing at Houston funeral
Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder will sing at the private funeral of Whitney Houston Saturday in what promises to be a very musical service.
Publicist Kristen Foster also confirmed that invitations went out to Houston's ex-husband, Bobby Brown; her co-star in "The Bodyguard," Kevin Costner; and Oprah Winfrey.
Houston's longtime musical mentor, Clive Davis, will speak at the funeral. The eulogy will be given by gospel singer and longtime family friend Marvin Winans.
Franklin was a close family friend and considered Houston her goddaughter.
People without invitations will be kept far away. Newark police said streets will be shut down for six square blocks around the church.
Houston died Saturday in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 48.
Kiwanuka evokes memories of Withers
British singer Michael Kiwanuka's retro-soul sound evokes memories of Bill Withers and Otis Redding, yet the 24-year-old Londoner is hailed as one of the musical hopes of this year.
The son of Ugandan immigrants took to the stage at Islington town hall in London Thursday after a 2011 that saw him support Grammy-winning singer Adele on tour.
Fresh from winning the BBC Sound of 2012 in January, Kiwanuka is playing a series of warm up gigs around Britain before the release of his first album "Home Again" in March.
Winfrey joins Kimmel's post-Oscar special
Oprah Winfrey is the latest celebrity to join Jimmy Kimmel's seventh post-Oscar special, ABC said Thursday.
Winfrey is making a rare late-night appearance at a time when her year-old cable channel, OWN, is trying to attract viewers after a rocky start.
Billy Crystal, who will host the Oscar ceremony, will help kick off "Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards." Nominees Meryl Streep, George Clooney and Martin Scorsese are among the stars scheduled to be on hand.
Kimmel's Oscar-night special has yielded comedy pieces that became online sensations, including one with Sarah Silverman and Matt Damon.
The Oscars will air from Hollywood on Feb. 26 at 8:30 p.m., with Kimmel's show to follow the awards and local newscasts.