Kim Kardashian: ‘Nude selfies until I die’
Reality star and businesswoman Kim Kardashian West was honored with the Break the Internet award at the 2016 Webby Awards this week. Her acceptance speech was simply a promise to fans: “Nude selfies until I die.” (One of the shticks of the Internet-oriented awards is the five-word acceptances speeches.) The 20th annual awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, also featured a tribute to Prince from Erykah Badu, performing “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker.” The ceremony, hosted by Nick Offerman, also named #BlackLiveMatter as Social Movement of the Year, Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner as New Founders of the Year and Jessica Alba as Entrepreneur of the Year.
Guess who was about town: Usher
Pop star Usher was in Detroit for the Ford Freedom Awards Tuesday night, but with apparent time to kill, he checked out the Motown Historical Museum, Eastern Market and Nojo Kicks shoe store beforehand. The 37-year-old singer posted two photos on Instagram on the steps of the iconic Hitsville U.S.A on West Grand Boulevard and a Snapchat outside the museum and inside Studio A, where Motown legends Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye recorded hits. (Usher is reportedly a Wonder and Gaye fan.) Usher also Snapchatted in front of several Eastern Market murals and Detroit churches, and he stopped by Nojo Kicks, at 1220 Library in Detroit. The store thanked Usher on Instagram and Twitter: “Shoutout to @usher for coming through today, chopping it up with @mikeylikesit03, and copping some major heat.”
Texas folk songwriter Guy Clark dies
Grammy Award-winning songwriter Guy Clark died Tuesday at age 74. He’s known for the songs “Desperados Waiting for a Train” and “L.A. Freeway,” and won the Best Folk Album Grammy for his 2013 album “My Favorite Picture of You.” Clark, who made many of his own guitars, has had his songs covered by Johnny Cash, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney and more.
Podell fills in for Podell
Local 4 weekend anchor Lauren Podell will fill in for her father, Doug “Doc of Rock” Podell, this week on classic rock station WCSX-FM while he’s on vacation. Hear the younger Podell through Friday from 3-7 p.m. on 94.7. “When my father approached me with the idea to fill in for him on WCSX, for the first time in my life, I was speechless and thought wow, I have big shoes to fill,” said Lauren Podell in a press release. She holds a degree in Communications and Journalism from Oakland University, where she hosted her own show on WXOU-FM. “I was raised on classic rock, appreciate classic rock and am honored and thrilled to have to have the opportunity to connect with the listeners of 94.7 WCSX.”
Beatles publicist Barrow dies
The Beatles first publicist, Tony Barrow, the man who reportedly coined the phrase “the Fab Four,” died Saturday in England at age 80, the New York Times reports. He started working for the legendary rock band in 1962 and was said to have helped Brian Epstein arrange the foursome’s audition for Decca Records. A former music critic, Barrow wrote the liner notes for many of the Beatles’ early releases. He’s also the author of the 2005 memoir “John, Paul, George, Ringo & Me: The Real Beatles Story.”
Iggy Pop concert to screen at the Main Art
A Switzerland concert from punk rock legend Iggy Pop will screen at the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak. See “Iggy Pop: Live in Basel 2015” on June 16 and 18. Ticket information will be announced later.
George Strait, 64
Tina Fey, 46
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