Grapevine: Luke Bryant and Dierks Bently to host ACM awards
Luke Bryan and Dierks Bently to co-host ACM Awards
Two of country’s hottest stars — Luke Bryan and Dierks Bently — will co-host the 51st annual ACM Awards on April 3. This will be Bryan’s fourth time in a row hosting the event, so he’ll have plenty of advice for his buddy, Bently, who has never hosted. It was recently announced that Blake Shelton would step down from the co-host position he’s held since 2011. The show will air live on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Local radio fans to marry before ‘Star Wars’
James Campbell, producer of 101 WRIF morning show “Dave and Chuck the Freak,” will marry listeners Ryan Whitton and Lizzie Brado at noon Friday before a showing of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The couple are fans of the film and the radio show. Campbell, an ordained minister, will be dressed as Darth Vader for the ceremony.
R. Kelly celebrates New Year’s Eve at the Fox
Grammy Award-winning R&B star R. Kelly will perform at the Fox Theatre on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. Tickets, $49-$175, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Get tickets via Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, Ticketmaster.com or OlympiaEntertainment.com. The can be purchased in person without service fees at the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, and at Hockeytown Authentic in Troy.
Gossip singer teams up with French designer
Indie rock musician Beth Ditto of the band Gossip has teamed up with haute couture designer Jean Paul Gaultier to launch a clothing line titled simply: Beth Ditto (heart) John Paul Gaultier. The plus-size line will size up to U.S. 30. “Big girls are beautiful and Beth is super beautiful,” said Gaultier in a press release. The collection will focus on well-tailored pieces and vibrant prints made with silks, rayons and embroidery. The line is expected to debut in February. To celebrate the launch of the line, a special edition Beth Ditto (heart) John Paul Gaultier shirt is being sold at bethditto.com; a portion of proceeds will benefit Girls Rock Camp Foundation.
See ‘Newsies,’ help Goodfellows
Buy a ticket to select performances of the Tony Award-winning production “Newsies,” showing this week at the Detroit Opera House, and $5 will be donated to Detroit Goodfellows. Visit broadwayindetroit.com/specialoffers and use the code FELLOWS. At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, cast members of “Newsies” and the Detroit Police Department command officers will hand out Detroit Goodfellows holiday gift boxes to families in need at Bethel AME Church.
■John Dineen, fiancé of “Downton Abbey” star Michelle Dockery, died Sunday of a rare form of cancer. He was 34.
■Page Six reports singer Christina Aguilera was a bit of a grump at Seth MacFarlane’s annual Christmas party in Beverly Hills. According to sources, the singer refused to join her host on stage, which is customary at the “Family Guy” creator’s over-the-top parties. Sources say the former “Voice” judge may have had too many drinks.
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