Harvard names Rihanna Humanitarian of the Year, Detroit aims for longest concert Guinness record and more celebrity news
Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey tour postponed
Fans excited to see Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey perform at The Palace of Auburn Hills on April 11 will have to wait a little longer. Earlier this week, Richie announced on social media that the 35-date “All the Hits Tour” will be postponed until this summer. The 67-year-old had recently undergone knee surgery and says the recovery has been taking longer than expected. “When you have been performing as long as I have it takes a toll on your body,” Richie wrote. “Unfortunately my recovery from a knee procedure will not have me 100 percent ready to start the tour next month. I don’t want to disappoint my fans, and I look forward to being back on stage so we can all be ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ together again.” Carey tweeted that Richie has her “unbridled love and support” and to “please feel better soon so we can have a great time touring together this summer.” The tour was scheduled to kick off March 15 in Baltimore. In his statement, Richie says new tour dates will be announced next week. All previously sold tickets will be honored for the new concert dates.
Rihanna named Harvard’s Humanitarian of the Year
Harvard University named Rihanna its 2017 Humanitarian of the Year on Tuesday. Harvard Foundation director Dr. S. Allen Counter said in a statement that the Grammy-Award winning singer was chosen for her efforts to build an oncology center to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados, where Rihanna was born. The 29-year-old also founded the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program for students from the Caribbean who are attending college in America. Past honorees include actor James Earl Jones, tennis player and activist Arthur Ashe and gender rights advocate Malala Yousafzai.
Detroit aims for longest continuous concert record
Detroit is once again vying for the Guinness World Record of “Longest Continuous Concert by Multiple Artists.” The Assembly Line Concert is kicking off the effort 6 p.m. March 9 in Eastern Market’s Shed 5 with a Legacy Award Pep Rally. Corporation Counsel for the City of Detroit Melvin ‘Butch’ Hollowell will be honored with the Legacy Award. The evening will also include speeches by Tuskegee Airmen and Rosie the Riveters. The goal of at least 384 hours of continuous live music will run until March 25. According to the event’s website, Detroit claimed the record in 2009, 2010 and 2011 at AJ’s Music Cafe in Ferndale. The time to beat is now 372 hours and 10 minutes, held by Las Vegas. This year’s event theme song will be “Auto Trade” by Metro Detroit singer-songwriter Stewart Francke.
■“MJ Live,” a Michael Jackson tribute show, is coming to the Fox Theatre on Friday. Jalles Franca will perform Jackson’s biggest hits, including “Bad,” “Billie Jean” and “Beat It.” Purchase tickets ($15-$55.50) through Ticketmaster.
Compiled by Stephanie Steinberg
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