GRAPEVINE: Texts didn't cause Jenner accident

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

Jenner: Texts didn't cause accident

Bruce Jenner may have been smoking while driving when he was involved in a car crash over the weekend that killed one motorist, but he wasn't texting at the moment of impact, TMZ reports. Under California law, Jenner could be prosecuted for vehicular manslaughter if he was texting during the accident, but a photo agency on the scene snapped pics of Jenner holding what appears to be a cigarette just before the accident occurred, which could be his get-out-of-jail-free card. The accident happened when Jenner's Escalade rear-ended a Lexus on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, sending the driver of the Lexus into oncoming traffic where she was killed after her car collided with a Hummer. The incident is under investigation. Jenner has reportedly offered his cell phone records to investigators to prove he wasn't texting during the accident, according to TMZ.

Beck reacts to Kanye diss

Sunday's Grammy telecast included a shocking Album of the Year win by Beck, who nabbed a prize many thought was going to Beyonce. Kanye West hit the stage in defense of Beyonce, but stopped short of his usual mic-snatching antics, though he later told reporters, "Beck needs to respect artistry and he should've given his award to Beyonce." For his part, Beck took it all in stride. "I was just so excited he was coming up. He deserves to be on stage as much as anybody," Beck said, according to Us Weekly. He went on to say he, too, thought Beyonce would win the award ("Come on, she's Beyonce!") and said he held no ill will toward Kanye. "I still love him and think he's genius," he said. "I aspire to do what he does."

Ledisi talks Grammy absence

R&B singer Ledisi sang "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" in the movie "Selma," but it was Beyonce who performed the song on the Grammy Awards Sunday night. Beyonce's performance, along with Common and John Legend's "Glory," closed the show, leading some to question why Ledisi didn't get the nod to sing the song on the telecast. Prior to the show, Ledisi told the Associated Press she was "a little disappointed" she didn't get to do the song, but understood. "One day I'll be on that Grammy stage," she said. "Every artist wants to be on the Grammys stage. That's part of our career is to be there. So my time will come when it's time." Meanwhile, Sunday's telecast delivered 25.3 million viewers, the show's lowest viewership in six years, and off 11 percent from last year's show.

Kid Rock premieres 'Whiskey'

Kid Rock unveiled the third song from his forthcoming "First Kiss" online on Monday. The bluesy country rocker "Ain't Enough Whiskey" is about sticking it to lawmakers and holding true to one's own beliefs, and it follows previous releases "First Kiss" and "Jesus and Bocephus." The full length "First Kiss" album is due out Feb. 24.

Compiled by Adam Graham

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