Ace Frehley: ‘I thought I had a Grammy’
KISS guitarist Ace Frehley let the quotables fly in a recent video interview with Loudwire. When asked if he thought it was a travesty that KISS has never won a Grammy, Frehley responded with “We won a Grammy for ‘Beth.’ ” “I got it on my shelf at home ... you better do your homework,” he told the interviewer. A person off camera double checked the facts and told Frehley it was a People’s Choice Award. “Do you get a Grammy for a nomination? I have a Grammy at home,” he said. Turns out it was an award from the Recording Academy New York Heroes Award, but, in his defense, it did have a photo of a gramophone on it. Frehley, who turns 65 Wednesday, released an album of cover songs this week. “Origins Vol. 1” debuted at No. 23 on the Billboard 200.
Kelly returns to ‘Live’; Michael is leaving early
“Live with Kelly and Michael” co-host Michael Strahan will be leaving the popular morning talk show months earlier than expected. ABC confirmed Tuesday he’ll be gone in a few weeks; his last show will be May 13. He was originally going to leave in late summer before joining the network’s “Good Morning America.” Rumors are hinting at tension between Strahan and his co-host, Kelly Ripa, who was kept in the dark about Strahan’s exit and retorted by not showing up on air last week. She acknowledged her absence on Tuesday’s show. “I needed a couple of days to gather my thoughts,” she said. “After 26 years with this company, I earned the right.”
Rachel Roy denies she is ‘Becky’
A quick refresher in this drama: Saturday Beyoncé released her visual album “Lemonade.” On the track “Sorry,” she called out who we assume is her husband, Jay Z, telling him to call “Becky with the good hair.” Long ago it was rumored that Jay Z and Rachel Roy had an affair (her ex-husband is Damon Dash, a former business partner of Jay Z). On Saturday, Roy posted to Instagram referring to her “good hair,” and Beyoncé’s fans went nuts, going so far as to harass Roy and her children relentlessly on social media. Roy went to People magazine to try to quell the frenzy. “My Instagram post was meant to be fun and lighthearted, it was misunderstood as something other than that,” she said. British singer and actress Rita Ora also was rumored to have been “Becky,” and she also spoke out, saying she’s not. “I never usually address tabloid gossip but let me be clear, these rumours are false,” she tweeted. “I have nothing but the upmost (sic) respect for Beyoncé. Let’s continue enjoying Lemonade.” Looks like people are enjoying it, too. Beyoncé’s album is expected to move more than half a million units this week. Rapper Azealia Banks isn’t impressed, though. She pipped up to say “Lemonade” is “not what the national black women’s conversation needs right now.” “You keep crying over a man and perpetuating that sad black female sufferance and it’s not good for what we're trying to accomplish here,” Banks tweeted.
Kid Rock’s assistant killed in ATV accident
Michael Sacha, Kid Rock’s 30-year-old personal assistant, was killed in an ATV crash on the singer’s home in Nashville. The Associated Press reports that police said Sacha drove two people to the driveway to meet an Uber driver, and he crashed while driving back to the house. “Myself, the band, our family, friends and co-workers are devastated over this loss,” Rock said in a statement. “We were supposed to be back in Michigan today, but I’m going to stay here with Mike until I can bring him home to his family.” Rock also said Sacha was “one of the greatest young men I have ever had the pleasure to not only work with, but also to become friends with.”
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