Grapevine: Seger joins Eagles tribute at Kennedy Honors
Plus Kid Rock sells pro-Trump shirts, Steven Yeun gets married and more entertainment news
Bob Seger joins in on Eagles’ Kennedy Center Honors tribute
The Eagles, Mavis Staples, Al Pacino, pianist Martha Argerich and James Taylor were recognized for their contribution to American culture Sunday at the 39th annual Kennedy Center Honors. The Eagles were supposed to be honored last year, but founding member and Royal Oak native Glenn Frey fell ill, so their involvement was postponed. Frey died in January. The remaining members of the band — Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit — attended and watched as Bob Seger performed “Heartache Tonight,” which he co-wrote with Henley, Frey and songwriter J.D. Souther (also a Detroit native). Seger also joined Vince Gill, Kings of Leon, Juanes and Steve Vai on “Live in the Fast Lane.” Former Kennedy Center Honoree Aretha Franklin — who stole the show last year with her tribute to Carole King, a performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman” — attended the ceremony on the arm of record producer Clive Davis and former Detroit Pistons point guard Isiah Thomas. The Kennedy Center Honors ceremony airs Dec. 27 on CBS.
Kid Rock releases pro-Trump merchandise
Kid Rock, who hasn’t been shy about announcing his allegiance to the Republican Party, has announced a new line of pro-Trump merchandise. Like with most things related to the “American Bad Ass” singer, the new stuff is dripping with attitude. Monday on Twitter the Michigan-based musician revealed the additions to his online store, including a T-shirt that says “God Guns & Trump” and a red trucker cap with the phrase “Make American Bad Ass Again.” Another shirt shows the electoral college map of the continental United States broken out into red and blue, depending on how each stated voted. A key on the shirts labels the red states as “United States of America” and the blue states as “Dumb(expletive)istan.” A third T-shirt is hard to describe in a family newspaper. It aims to call out “haters” of President-elect Donald Trump in a vulgar way. Rock said on Twitter that the merchandise ($24.99 for shirts, $19.99 for the hat) was made “due to overwhelming demand.”
The Word Network files complaint with FCC
Shortly after it was dropped from Comcast after 17 years, religion channel the Word Network has filed a complaint with the FCC against Comcast, as well as Xfinity and NBC. The network released a statement to the media saying the Word Network and the African-American community “were used as pawns.” The network is asking that the FCC investigates why the Word Network, owned by Kevin Adell and Adell Broadcasting, was removed from Comcast and was replace by the Impact Network, owned by Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, the Detroit pastor of Great Faith Ministries who invited President-elect Donald Trump to speak in September. The complaint also alleges that there isn’t enough diversity within Comcast on screen and in management positions.
Nelly gives surprise show at United Shore holiday party
To celebrate 30 years of business, United Shore mortgage company went big with their employee holiday party at Cobo Center on Friday. Hip-hop star Nelly gave a surprise performance, and all 2,000 employees were gifted a watch from Shinola.
‘Walking Dead,’ Troy native Steven Yeun got married
“Walking Dead” star Steven Yeun, who was raised in Troy and attended Kalamazoo College, married his longtime girlfriend, Joana Pak, over the weekend in Los Angeles. According to Us Weekly, several of Yeun’s former “Walking Dead” co-stars attended the nuptials — spoiler alert: Yeun was violently killed off the show this season — including Norman Reedus and Andrew Lincoln.
■The Travel Channel show “Food Paradise” was filming in Detroit last week. Details are under wraps until the show airs, but a film crew was spotted at Ernie’s Market in Oak Park.
■Madonna raised $7.5 million for her Raising Malawi foundation Friday during Art Basel in Miami Beach. She performed 10 songs, including a cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic.”
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