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Grapevine: Wonder writes tribute to songwriter Moy

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Stevie Wonder writes tribute to songwriter Sylvia Moy

Days after Motown songwriter Sylvia Moy died, her collaborator, Stevie Wonder, penned a heartfelt statement about her impact on him. The pair, along with songwriter HenryCosby wrote “Uptight (Everthing’s Alright)” an “My Cherie Amour.” “How do you stop loving the ones you loved for a lifetime — you don’t! Sylvia Moy made it possible to enrich my world of songs with some of the greatest lyrics. But not only that, she, through her participation and our co-writing those songs, helped me become a far better writer of lyrics,” said Wonder in a statement sent to Rolling Stone. “Even in these later years, I longed for us to collaborate again, yet who am I to fight with the Most High in His decision to making her one of his angles of song for eternity. Maybe someday in eternity, at its given time and space, we will write together again. I love you, Sylvia.” Moy, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005, died Saturday at age 78.

Carmelo and La La Anthony split

Actress La La Anthony and her NBA star husband, Carmelo Anthony, have separated, according to TMZ and other reports. The couple, married since 2010, have a 10-year-old son. Sources told the gossip site that the reason for the separation may be because Carmelo had a relationship with a woman who works at a New York City gentlemen’s club, and that she is pregnant. Page Six, however, quotes a source that says Carmelo has no “significant significant other.” So far neither side has filed for divorce.

Upton channels Britney on ‘Lip Sync Battle’

Sports Illustrated model (and Mrs. JustinVerlander-to be) Kate Upton donned a sexy school girl outfit for her appearance on Spike TV’s “Lip Sync Battle,” which is scheduled to air Thursday at 10 p.m. She performs to Britney Spears’ iconic pop tune “Baby One More Time.” She’s up against Rickey Martin, and according to the preview clip of the Upton’s performance posted this week, he’ll have to pull out all the stops to beat sexy Kate. Judges LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen, along with the audience, will determine whose performance was more entertaining.

Leeza Gibbons keynote speaker at symposium

Talk show host Leeza Gibbons will be the keynote speaker at the Women’s Business Symposium at the Detroit Marriott Troy April 28. The Emmy Award-winning personality’s address carries the same themes as her new book of the same title: “Fierce Optimism: Seven Secrets for Playing Nice and Winning Big.” Gibbon is formerly of “Entertainment Tonight” and her own talk show “Leeza.” She also published a personal growth guide and New York Times bestseller, “Take 2.” The symposium, which is 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., also includes a “power panel” featuring Weight Watchers CEO Florine Mark, Detroit Experience Factory founder Jeanette Pierce, CEO of Hacienda Mexican Foods Lydia Gutierrez and Tanya R. Allen, president and CEO of ForeverFresh. Tickets, $60, can be purchased at

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Compiled by Melody Baetens

Wednesday’s birthdays

Tim Curry, 71

Suge Knight, 52

Ashley Judd, 49

James Franco, 39

Kate Hudson, 38