By Kate Ward
February 18, 2012 at 09:34 PM EST

Tyler Perry delivered an impassioned tribute to Whitney Houston during the singer’s funeral at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., praising the singer’s grace, talent, and dedication to God. Said Perry, who said he often spoke to Houston about her faith, “There are two constants that I know about Whitney Houston. There was a grace that carried, a grace that carried her down from heaven through Miss Cissy Houston, a grace that brought her up through singing.” Watch video of his speech after the jump.

Perry was just one of many famous faces who delivered tributes to Houston on Saturday: Kevin Costner, Clive Davis, and R. Kelly were among those who celebrated Houston’s life.

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