Grapevine: The world’s highest-paid celebrities

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Boxers top the list of the world’s highest-paid celebrities

Forbes released its list of the globe’s highest-paid entertainers of 2015 this week, putting Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the top. The controversial boxer (he served 90 days for domestic battery in 2011) earned $300 million. Another boxer, Manny Pacquiao placed second with $160 million in earnings. The two boxers squared off in what was called “The Fight of the Century” in Las Vegas in May (Mayweather won). Katy Perry is the highest-paid singer and highest-paid female entertainer, ranking third with $135 million. One Direction comes close with $130 million, and Howard Stern got $95 million. Rounding out the top 10 are Garth Brooks, James Patterson, Robert Downey Jr., Taylor Swift and Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.

NBC severs ties with Donald Trump

NBC Universal has ended its business relationship with Donald Trump. In a statement released Monday, the network cited Trump’s derogatory statements about immigrants as the reason for the split. “At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values,” the statement read. “The Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC. In addition, as Mr. Trump has already indicated, he will not be participating in “The Apprentice” on NBC. Celebrity Apprentice is licensed from MarkBurnett’s United Artists Media Group and that relationship will continue.” Trump responded, saying the “contract violating closure of Miss Universe/Miss USA will be determined in court” and complained that NBC stood behind “lying Brian Williams” but not him.

Arrangements for Terry ‘Thunder’ Hughley, 61

Visitation and funeral arrangements for drummer Terry “Thunder” Hughley have been finalized. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Pye Funeral Home, 17600 Plymouth, Detroit. The funeral will be at noon Friday at Park United Presbyterian Church, 14 Cortland (at Woodward) in Highland Park, family hour at 11 a.m. It was a shock to the Detroit music community when Hughley, 61, died Friday, succombing after suffering an asthma attack at home. Born and raised in northwest Detroit, his first gig was playing behind David Ruffin. He also worked with Mitch Ryder, the Dramatics, Kim Weston and Sir Mack Rice, among many others, although he was best known for his 25-year stint with The Sun Messengers. Hughley is survived by his wife, Deborah; mother, Marie Hughley (both of Detroit); and sister Besty Alford of Seattle.

Janet Jackson, Smokey Robinson accept BET honors

Janet Jackson didn’t perform during Sunday’s BET Awards, but she was in attendance to accept the Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award. During her acceptance speech she said 25 years ago when she was making her “Rhythm Nation” album, she hoped that today the world will be a better place. “There’s even more to be done,” she said. Singer Ciara performed a dance tribute to Jackson, copying famous choreography from “If,” “Black Cat” and “Rhythm Nation.” Yahoo Music editor Billy Johnson Jr. named the tribute as one of the top moments of the show. Another favorite moment was SmokeyRobinson’s acceptance speech for his Lifetime Achievement Award during which he addressed today’s celebrities saying “for you to become self-absorbed because millions of people around the world love you... is ridiculous. You should be thankful. It’s a blessing.”

Compiled by Melody Baetens

Susan Whitall contributed

Tuesday’s Birthdays

David Alan Grier, 59

Mike Tyson, 49

Lizzy Caplan, 33

Fantasia Barrino, 31