Last night (Jan. 25), a slew of entertainers attended the shindig in their most snazziest of attire.
*At a performance Wednesday night outside of Detroit, the Queen of Soul told reporters of her return to music, “glad to be back in it.”
Back from exactly what, however, remains a mystery.
Aretha Franklin told reporters that “the side effects were rough” from her treatment for a condition she will not disclose.
The 71-year-old singer sat at a piano Wednesday inside a Westin hotel in the Detroit suburb of Southfield. She sang Etta James’ “At Last” and told reporters she’s starting on a new album with producers Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Don Was.
Franklin says she and Edmonds were supposed to team up in July, but couldn’t because of her medical treatments. She says it was music executive Clive Davis who suggested she collaborate with Was, known for his work with the Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt and Willie Nelson.
Franklin canceled several concerts earlier this year for health reasons.
*Now 9 years old, singer, entertainment reporter, dancer, actress Harmony Bailey has a musical side and now wants the world to take notice.
She put together a documentary of where she went out and talked with some of the best in the business: Motown royalty Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & Claudette Rogers Robinson the First Lady of Motown.
Harmony also received some music history from Clive Davis the music giant who signed Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys & Jennifer Hudson. Watch the Video below and see what they all said to Harmony & in between the interviews you’ll see some of Harmony’s performances where she sang to Jazz legend Barbara Morrison at Pips (People Informing People Jazz Festival, Leimert Park Labor Day Festival and made a singing appearance at Pomona R&B Festival & sang Gospel at the the First & Oldest black church in Los Angeles, F.A.M.E – First African Methodist Episcopal.
Harmony sings Jazz, Gospel, R&B & has is now working on a Blues Song.
Harmony Love Bailey the entertainment reporter who’s interviewed over 250 plus nationally & internationally known stars while she was between the ages of 5 & 8 and still counting. If you Google Harmony Bailey Talks you will see her interviews where she has landed reporting jobs for Lee Bailey’s pioneering EURweb.com, Vibe.com, AOL.com and Huffingtonpost.com. Harmony has also appeared in a Mattel Toys Commercial.
*Jennifer Hudson was honored with a special Grammy Award Wednesday night at the Recording Academy’s Grammys on the Hill ceremony in Washington.
The group honored Hudson with a Recording Artist Coalition Award for her charity work. Hudson said this award stands apart from all of her others, including her Oscar.
“It makes it the most prestigious award to be acknowledged for trying to make a difference,” she told The Associated Press. “It’s OK to be a celebrity, but the things that matter are when you can change someone’s life or help someone.”
The Recording Academy presented its Grammys on the Hill Award to the Library of Congress for its work over the past decade to preserve historic audio recordings. York Community High School near Chicago was awarded for its outstanding music program.
Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said hundreds of musicians are visiting Capitol Hill on Thursday to urge lawmakers to protect copyrights for the creators of music and ensure they get paid for their work in the digital age.
California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House majority whip, joined Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer to show support Wednesday night. The guiding premise for intellectual property protections, Hoyer said, is “thou shalt not steal.”
The Grammys on the Hill Awards are meant to connect the music industry with the world of policy and politics in Washington.
After accepting her award, Hudson performed “Hallelujah” and applauded efforts in Washington to keep music education alive in schools. She said that made all the difference for her, long before “American Idol” and her Oscar and Grammy Award.
“I didn’t want to go to any class but music, and so because of music, I had perfect attendance every year,” she told the crowd.
Producer Clive Davis, who presented the award to Hudson, said he wanted people to know about her heart and her talent. Hudson is still a new artist, and her upcoming third studio album will be special, Davis said.
“I think it’s going to break her through worldwide,” he said.
*Since it came out that Clive Davis is bisexual, rumors resurfaced about Whitney Houston being experimental also started circulating. But he’s sort of clearing that up in his book, “The Soundtrack of My Life.”
In the early days of Whitney’s career, she hung tough with her assistant Robyn Crawford, which sparked the lesbian rumors.
“I really saw her in brief relationships with men. I do write that she did have an interim relationship with Jermaine Jackson when he was separated,” Davis said. “I know that she went out with Eddie Murphy for a while until she married Bobby Brown. I only knew of Robyn as her assistant, someone she grew up with, since she was a teenager. I just knew the heterosexual side of Whitney.”
The book, which he didn’t expect to do so well, includes a chapter about the late singer, discussing the ups and downs of her career and their relationship.
As far as her addiction to drugs, he told theGrio.com that Bobby Brown and Whitney contributed to each other’s demise.
“I don’t believe it was Bobby Brown,” Davis, 80, revealed. “I think they did have a co-dependent, unhealthy relationship with each other. But I would never point to him. I have no idea who her enabler was.”
*Clive Davis is officially out of the closet.
The veteran record executive, who launched the careers of stars including Whitney Houston and Janis Joplin, has come out as bisexual in his new memoir, “The Soundtrack of My Life.”
Davis, who has married and divorced twice, writes candidly about his first same-sex encounter with a man he met at the famous New York City club Studio 54 some 30 years ago.
He recalls, “On this night, after imbibing enough alcohol, I was open to responding to his sexual overtures… Was I nervous? Absolutely. Did the heavens open up? No. But it was satisfying.”
The 80-year-old music veteran also reveals he was in a “monogamous relationship” with an unnamed male doctor from 1990 to 2004, and he has been dating another man for the past several years.
He writes, “Bisexuality is misunderstood; the adage is that you’re either straight or gay or lying, but that’s not my experience. To call me anything other than bisexual would be inaccurate.”
Davis also discusses his bisexuality on today’s episode of Katie Couric’s talk show “Katie.”
He tells Couric, “I’m still attracted to women… You don’t have to be only one thing or another (straight or gay). For me, it’s the person.”