Eminem (Elizabeth Conley / The Detroit News)
Eminem is among the stars lined up for the YouTube Music Awards, the online service’s first music awards show, slated for Nov. 3. Other artists scheduled for the show include Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire. Jason Schwartzman (“Rushmore”) will host, and filmmaker Spike Jonze (“Being John Malkovich”) will act as the show’s creative director. The show will take place at New York’s Pier 36. Awards will be presented in six categories, nominees will be announced later this month, and winners will be determined by online voting. The show coincides with the release of Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” which is due out Nov. 5.
Blue Ivy growing up a Jay Z fan
Jay Z’s biggest fan is his daugther, the rapper tells Vanity Fair in the magazine’s new cover story. Blue Ivy is also a fan of Beyoncé’smusic, but she seems to prefer Jay’s. “She does like her mother’s music — she watches (Beyoncé’s concerts) on the computer every night. But my album came out and I don’t know if Blue ever heard any of my music prior to this album — she’s only 18 months old and I don’t play my music around the house,” Jay Z tells the mag. “But this album was new, so we played it. And she loves all the songs. She plays a song and she goes, ‘More, Daddy, more ... Daddy song.’ She’s my biggest fan. If no one bought the ‘Magna Carta’ (album), the fact that she loves it so much, it gives me the greatest joy.”
Kasem's health declines
Kasem’s health has taken a turn for the worse, TMZ.com reported Tuesday. The Detroit-bred broadcasting legend, who is 81 and suffers from advanced Parkinson’s disease, is reportedly in dire condition. Kasem, who hosted “America’s Top 40” for decades and voiced Shaggy on “Scooby-Doo,” has not been heard from in months. TMZ says Kasem’s wife Jean is not allowing Kasem’s children to visit their father.
Lovato readies new tour
When describing her upcoming tour, Demi Lovato puts a twist on an old Spice Girls phrase. “It’s girl empowerment,” Lovato tells Billboard. “I helped put together Fifth Harmony, and a year later they’re on the charts, so I’m really happy for them. It’s surreal. Everyone (in the groups) is a power vocalist — they can all sing — so I love the idea of the show.” Lovato has big plans for the Neon Lights tour, which hits The Palace of Auburn Hills March 13. “I want it to be a big party,” she says.