Grapevine: R&B Hall of Fame to induct Sylvia Moy

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Sylvia Moy to be inducted in R&B Hall of Fame

Motown songwriter Sylvia Moy will be posthumously inducted in the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame at the fifth annual induction ceremony June 11 at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets, $45 and up, can be purchased at Moy, who co-wrote the Stevie Wonder hits “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” and “My Cherie Amour” with Wonder and Henry Cosby, died last month at age 78.

Ryan Seacrest to co-host ‘Live’ with Kelly Ripa

After a yearlong search, “Live” host Kelly Ripa finally has a new co-host: Ryan Seacrest. The 42-year-old television personality replaces Michael Strahan. Seacrest will move to New York City for the job, but will continue to with his radio show, which is based in Los Angeles. “Ryan is a close friend and his star shines as brightly off camera as it does on,” Ripa said. “His tremendous success is only matched by his impeccable reputation. Plainly said, everyone loves him, and so will our daily viewers.”

Eminem’s publishers sue New Zealand political party

Eminem’s Detroit-based music publishers have filed a lawsuit against New Zealand’s conservative National Party. The suit alleges that the party used a song titled “Eminem Esque” that rips off Eminem’s 2002 song “Lose Yourself.” The party said it purchased the track through an Australian-based supplier and believed the use of the song was “pretty legal,” reports the Associated Press. The AP also reports that Joel Martin, spokesperson for Eminem’s music publishers, say that they “would have have permitting the use of the song in any political advertisement” and that the party’s political views were not a factor. The trial, which started Monday, is expected to last six days.

$20 concert ticket sale starts Tuesday

Score a ticket to a summertime concert this week for $20 when Live Nation launches its “Kickoff to Summer Ticket Promotion,” Tuesday through May 9. Certain seats to more than 50 concerts at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill and The Palace of Auburn Hills will be a flat $20 with no extra fees. For some shows, this means up to half off the original ticket price. Starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday and through 11:59 p.m. May 9, the discounted tickets can be purchased at,, the Palace Ticket Store, all Ticketmaster locations, or by calling (800) 745-3000. Some of the concert eligible include Steve Martin and Martin Short (May 20) and John Legend (June 16), both at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre; and Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull (June 28) and Queen + Adam Lambert (July 20), both at The Palace. Visit for a full list.

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■A sixth concert for comedian Dave Chappelle has been announced for May 27 at Fillmore Detroit. Tickets, $69.50-$89.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Chappelle is also performing May 23-25 and two shows on May 26.

John Legend will become the first recipient of the new Salem Advocate for Social Justice award this week. He will accept the award Tuesday when he visits Salem State University in Massachusetts to perform and discuss his work with education, criminal justice and other causes.

■Latin pop/rock stars Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzman will perform at DTE Energy Music Theatre on Aug. 10. Tickets are $39-$139 (pavilion only) and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at or via Ticketmaster.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

Tuesday’s birthdays

Engelbert Humperdinck, 81

Christine Baranski, 65

Donatella Versace, 62

Dwayne Johnson, 45

David Beckham, 42

Elle Kemper, 37