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Grapevine: Celebrity and entertainment news

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Miley Cyrus to host MTV Video Music Awards

The VMAs are usually a buzzfest, and with pop star Miley Cyrus hosting this year it’s sure to be filled with crazy moments. The show airs live Aug. 30 at 9 p.m. Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Mark Ronson, Ed Sheeran and Beyonce are poised to be the big winners. Detroit’s Jack White got a “Best Art Direction” nod for his “Would You Fight For My Love” video and Big Sean has a few nominations, including one for “Video with a Social Message” for his song “One Man Can Change the World.”

Smithsonian portraits will honor Aretha Franklin, Hank Aaron, others

As part of the inaugural American Portrait Gala this fall, five legends will be honored in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. The November honorees are Aretha Franklin, Baseball Hall of Famer Henry “Hank” Aaron, U.S. Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, fashion designer Carolina Herrera and artist Maya Lin.

Amy Schumer’s childhood rabbi says she was ‘a religious school cutup’

In a blog post on the Religion News Service website titled “Confessions of Amy Schumer’s Childhood Rabbi,” Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin talked about his time at Central Synagogue of Nassau County, New York, where comedian Amy Schumer’s family belonged. “I remember Amy as a sweet, funny kid, who often asked probing and humorous questions in religious school,” he wrote, adding that her recent success is because of her “natural, quirky, blisteringly honest way of simply being herself.” Salkin says the synagogue has produced four comedians — Schumer, her sister, Kim Caramele (a comedy writer who produced Schumer’s film “Trainwreck”), stand-up comedian Dave Attell and former “Daily Show” writer Rory Albanese.

Also ...

■An innovator of electronic music, Dieter Moebius died Monday at age 71. The German and Swiss keyboardist, whose cause of death is unknown, was in the group Cluster and also collaborated with Brian Eno.

■Experimental rock musician Kyoko, guitarist for Japanese band OOIOO died of an unspecified illness Sunday, according to a former bandmate via Instagram.

mbaetens@detroitnews.com

Wednesday’s birthdays

Alex Trebek, 75

George Clinton, 74

Danny Glover, 69

David Spade, 51

Selena Gomez, 23

Prince George of Cambridge, 2