Fans and admirers of the music legend,Whitney Houston waited patiently at the nearby streets as the funeral was underway at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey.

Aretha Franklin, who was expected to sing at the service, could not participate in the funeral service as she is reportedly too ill to attend the ceremony.

Queen Latifah, Mariah Carey, Oprah Winfrey, Forrest Whittaker and many other celebrities are among the guests who are already at the New Hope Baptist Church.

Take a look at the latest scenes outside the church: