Grapevine: Janet Jackson denies cancer rumors

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Janet Jackson denies cancer rumors

Janet Jackson is denying the rumors that she has throat cancer, but she's not explaining the illness that interrupted her "Unbreakable" tour. On Wednesday, Jackson posted on Twitter a two-minute clip from her song "The Great Forever," followed by a personal message stating she's recovering but offered no further details, reports the Associated Press. "The rumors are untrue. I do not have cancer. I'm recovering," she posted.  She said her doctors have approved her concerts as scheduled in Europe in March. Her announcement came less than two weeks after Jackson said she was postponing her  tour to have an unspecified surgical procedure. Jackson had been next scheduled to perform Saturday in Denver; Feb. 5 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Detroit’s Music Hall Jazz Cafe named one of the best venues

Downbeat Magazine has named the Music Hall Center for the Performing Art’s Jazz Cafe one of the top jazz venues in the world. The 100-seat club was described by the magazine as being “a cultural resource offering performance of many kinds from poets, Broadway and musicals.” This weekend the club, at 350 Madison in Detroit, has the Blackman Revue featuring Shirley Hayden on Friday. On Jan. 15, it’s Laugh and Jam with stand-up comedians, and on Jan. 16 hear the Three Worlds Trio. Visit for information.

Detroit Urban Wheels Awards postponed until 2017

The 20th annual Urban Wheel Awards, a celebration of diversity in the auto industry, will not take place this year. The awards will return in 2017 in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show. Randi Payton, president of Decisive Media, which produces the event, says plans for 2017 include a televised national broadcast from Cobo.

Steven Avery pointed fingers at his brothers

“Making a Murderer” is a Netflix true crime series that is causing traffic at watercoolers across the nation and turning everyone into an amateur detective. If you haven’t seen it yet, caution, spoilers ahead. The series’ star, the wrongly-convicted rapist and convicted murderer Steve Avery, filed documents in 2009 saying his brothers, Earl and Charles Avery, may have killed Theresa Halbach, the woman he is in prison for murdering. TMZ has unearthed the documents, in which Steven says both his brothers have a history of sexually assaulting and harassing women on the Avery property. Earl once pled no contest to sexually assaulting his two daughters, and Steven cited several instances of Charles stalking and harassing female customers. Avery claims his brothers have motive to frame him because they were jealous of the possible multimillion dollar settlement he was poised to get for his wrongful conviction (Avery ended up settling for only a few hundred thousand dollars).

Lemmy’s funeral to be broadcast on YouTube

The funeral for Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister will be live streamed on YouTube from Hollywood on Saturday night. The broadcast will be 6-7:30 p.m. . On Saturday, there also will be a daylong celebration of Kilmister’s life at the Rainbow Bar and Grill in Los Angeles, where Lemmy was a regular.

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Nicholas Caldwell, co-founder and singer of R&B group the Whispers, died Tuesday in his San Francisco home of congestive heart failure. He was 71.

Thursday’s birthdays

Katie Couric, 59

Nicolas Cage, 52

Jeremy Renner, 45

Lauren Cohan, 34