Stevie Wonder to get Grammy Salute
"Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute" special will celebrate Michigan-born musician Stevie Wonder. The prime-time entertainment special airs on CBS at 9 p.m. Feb. 16. Wonder, who has 25 Grammy Awards, will be honored with performances of his songs by contemporary artists and words about the historical impact of his work.
Aretha Franklin honored with Icon Award
Billboard Women in Music Luncheon board gave Aretha Franklin its first Icon Award at its event Friday in New York City. "With much appreciation to the Billboard Women in Music Luncheon board for selecting me to receive this most historical Icon Award," Franklin said in a statement. "Hopefully I have, and I am setting an example and standard for younger singers as both a barometer and role model as a woman and an artist." The event also included Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and Charli XCX, Billboard's Hitmaker honoree.
Iggy Azalea announces arena tour
"Fancy" rapper Iggy Azalea will play The Palace of Auburn Hills on May 2 as part of her first North American arena tour. Tickets, $39.50-$69.50, go on sale 9 a.m. Friday. Nick Jonas and R&B singer Tinashe will open for the Australian rapper.
Amal Clooney named 'most fascinating' person of 2014
Barbara Walters has named human rights lawyer Amal Clooney the most fascinating person of 2014 Sunday night during her annual special "The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014." Clooney is a respected and successful lawyer, but she became better known to Americans when she married actor George Clooney in September. Walters also named Taylor Swift, Michael Strahan, David Koch, Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk, George R.R. Martin, Chelsea Handler, Neil Patrick Harris and Scarlett Johansson as the year's most fascinating people.
Chicken pox causes Angelina Jolie to miss premiere
"Unbroken" producer and director Angelina Jolie will miss the premiere of her new film because she has the chicken pox. She announced the news in a YouTube video. "I just wanted to be clear and honest about why I will be missing the 'Unbroken' events in the next few days, which is that I found out last night that I have chickenpox," she said in the video. "So, I will be home itching and missing everyone. And I can't believe it cause this film means so much to me." The film is a nonfiction war drama.
Spelman women's college suspends Cosby program
Following recent allegations that Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted women over the past few decades, Spelman College released a statement Sunday explaining that the Atlanta school will suspend the William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship. Cosby and his wife, Dr. Camille Cosby, have donated $20 million to the college and two of their daughters have attended Spelman.
Compiled by Melody Baetensmbaetens@detroitnews.com
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