“Vanity” Lead Singer Dies
Multiple sources, including MC Hammer, have confirmed that Denise “Vanity” Matthews died on Feb. 15. She was reportedly 57 and had been battling a number of illnesses for the past several years.
A Prince protégé and lead singer of the girl group, Vanity 6, Matthews was best known for her 1982 hit, “Nasty Girl.” The Canadian-born actress/model dated Prince before leaving the group and embarking on a solo career with Motown. During the 80s, Matthews became addicted to crack cocaine and suffered from kidney problems. However, in recent years, she got off drugs, became a born-again Christian and started a ministry.
After hearing the news, Prince dedicated the first show of his Melbourne, Australia tour to his former love. “Someone dear to us has passed away, I’m gonna dedicate this song to her,” Prince said before playing a touching version of “Little Red Corvette” with a touch of “Dirty Mind” — songs from the era when they were together.
Natalie Cole Dissed
Natalie Cole‘s family is not happy that the late singer was not given special honors by the Grammy’s on Feb. 15. While Cole was recognized during the Grammy’s In Memoriam segment, her son Robert Adam Yancy and sisters, Timolin and Casey don’t think the Recording Academy went far enough, according to TheWrap.
“Here is a woman who has been in the business for four decades, had 21 Grammy nominations and won nine Grammys,” Yancy told “Entertainment Tonight.” “She deserves more than (to be a part of) a minute-and-a-half tribute. It was shameless the way they minimized her legacy.”
Lady Gaga performed a medley of David Bowie hits, paying tribute to the late British icon. The Eagles’ lead guitarist Glenn Frey and Earth Wind and Fire’s creator Maurice White each were honored posthumously with live musical performances.
Anti-Beyonce No Show
It appears that those who called for a Beyonce boycott after the singer’s anti-police Super Bowl performance didn’t bother to show up at their own rally. Not even the organizers attended the would-be event, which was supposed to take place Feb. 16 in front of the NFL headquarters in New York City. The only ones who came were Beyonce supporters. Oh well. ..