Whitney Houston's family has agreed to allow cameras into her final farewell on Saturday.
Initial reports had suggested that close friends and relatives were planning an intimate service behind closed doors.
But now the funeral will be shown on television and internet, allowing her followers to witness the send off for the tragic singer.
The move is a positive development for fans who have been gathered outside Whitney's local church since Wednesday.
One mourner, Samuel Turner Jackson, said: "We don't know what the circumstances are, but we're sure that the family did want to share something with the community that she gave so much to."
The legendary pop singer will be laid to rest in Newark’s New Hope Baptist Church, the very place she showed promise as a young singer.
Inside, celebrities and personalities from the music world are expected to occupy some of the 300 seats.
Gospel singer Marvin Winans, a Grammy Award winner and long-time family friend, has been chosen to give the eulogy.