Remembering Whitney: “Whitney! Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Whitney Houston” is being assembled in cooperation with Houston’s family and will include interviews with friends, colleagues and family members. “This exhibit is a
token of appreciation from our family for Whitney’s fans to enjoy and embrace,” Houston’s manager Pat Houston said in a statement. “We hope they are as elated as we are to have shared in such a remarkable life.” Museum executive director Robert Santelli, in the same statement, said, “We are particularly excited to showcase her long connection to the Grammy Awards show and to celebrate the musical genius that made her one of America’s most-awarded pop and soul vocalists.” The exhibition is scheduled to run through February. Houston died Feb. 11 in Beverly Hills on the eve of last year’s Grammy Awards ceremony.
Moving On Up: 25 year old rapper Drake has handed over $7.7 million for a home in Hidden Hills, Calif. The beautiful estate features seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms and is more than 7,444 square feet. The home features a multi-million dollar pool that boasts cascading waterfalls, an 80-foot water slide and a grotto. Other exterior features include a tennis court, five horse stall facilities with riding area (remember he said “my aunt, she rode equestrian,” so that clearly makes sense), a sand volleyball court, commercial bathrooms, a mechanical bull and viewing pavilions. The interior features include 24-seat theater, game room, spa/massage room, master suite with his/hers bathrooms, and a spectacular wine cellar/tasting room.
Run DMC Reunited: Joseph “Run” Simmons and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels will perform as Run-DMC for the first time in nearly a decade at the seventh annual Fun Fun Fun Fest, set for November 2-4 in Austin, Texas. Simmons and McDaniels officially retired the Run-DMC moniker in November 2002, just days after founding member Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell was shot and killed in his Queens recording studio. Ten years later, his death remains unsolved, and in the decade since, the relationship between the two surviving members became strained. They famously decided against performing as Run-DMC when the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. But in a show of solidarity--and as a way of marking the ten-year anniversary of Jay's murder--Simmons and McDaniels will not only headline the Fun Fun Fun main stage, but are working with organizers to donate a portion of the proceeds from the festival to the JMJ Foundation for Music, which is dedicated to providing access to the arts for children and young adults.
Briefly: Boxing legend and smack talking pioneer Muhammad Ali will be honored with the 2012 Liberty Medal for his relentless stance against injustice and persistent humanitarian efforts. At 70 years old, Ali will receive the medal at a special ceremony on Sept. 13 in Philadelphia at the NationalConstitutionCenter on Independence Hall … Rapper The Game's (aka Jayceon Terrell Taylor) has called off the wedding to fiancée and baby mama Tiffney Cambridge. “The rumors are TRUE,” he tweeted. “The wedding is OFF. It’s not her fault, it’s mine! She’s a GREAT woman, I just wasn’t man enough 2 see it through.”
Finally: Mariah Carey will be crowned a “BMI Icon” at the BMI Urban Awards on Sept. 7. Previous honorees include James Brown, Little Richard, Al Green, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Snoop Dogg. Carey has had 18 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, tying Elvis Presley among solo acts and behind only the Beatles, whose singles made it to the top of the chart 20 times. She wrote or co-wrote most of her signature hits.
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