19 February 2012
Last updated at 22:21
Family and friends attended a final farewell to Whitney Houston in the New Jersey church where, as a young girl, she wowed the congregation with her powerful voice.
The star's coffin was driven to the church in a golden hearse from a nearby funeral home.
One of the first to arrive was the civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson, a friend of the Houston family.
The funeral was for invited guests only, including some of the biggest recording artists in the US such as Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, R. Kelly and gospel stars such as CeCe and Bebe Winans.
Media from around the world descended on Newark for the funeral, but were kept back by perimeter fences blocking off streets around the church.
Fans were urged to stay at home and watch the service streamed live on the internet, but some wanted to come and pay their respects.
Whitney Houston's ex-husband Bobby Brown left the funeral service soon after he arrived. He walked to the coffin of his former wife and touched it but left, according to one report from AP, because he was not able to sit with his entourage.
While fans on the streets outside found different ways of remembering the star, inside the church family and friends paid tribute through speeches, songs and sermons.
Whitney Houston died a week ago in a Beverly Hills hotel room at the age of 48. The cause of her death is not yet known. Officials are waiting for the results of toxicology tests that will help them ascertain how she died.
Fans threw flowers at the hearse as it travelled to Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey, for the private burial on Sunday. Police escorted the hearse from the Newark funeral home to the cemetery about 20 miles (30km) away. Some shouted "We love you, Whitney" as the hearse passed by.
Houston was laid to rest next to her father, John, at the cemetery. He was buried there in 2003.
The death of the star prompted an outpouring of grief among fans around the world.
The Baptist Church service was designed to be a celebration of Houston's life and career.