Prince’s protege passed away… Ronda Rousey considered suicide… Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger’s divorce is off… Kanye West’s newest Twitter rant… and Taylor Swift blasts Kanye West in Grammys acceptance
She was Prince’s protege and went by the name of Vanity, but after surviving a crack cocaine overdose in 1994 that left her with permanent kidney damage, Denise Katrina Matthews became a Christian and turned her back on the “Nasty Girl” persona. Denise received a kidney transplant in 1997 but her health continued to deteriorate. She told her church this past weekend that she was ready to go home and passed away yesterday at the age of 57.
Ronda Rousey is a guest on “Ellen” this week and she admits that after she lost to Holly Holm in November she considered suicide. She said, “I was literally sitting there and thinking about killing myself and that exact second I’m like, ‘I’m nothing, what do I do anymore and no one gives a s*** about me anymore without this.’” But Ronda says the thought of her future with her boyfriend Travis Browne is what gave her strength to carry on. She said, “I looked up and I saw my man Travis was standing up there and I looked up at him and I was like, I need to have his babies. I need to stay alive.’”
Five months ago, Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger announced they were filing for divorce but I don’t think either one of them ever followed through with the paperwork. It doesn’t matter now because it looks like the divorce is off. The two of them showed up at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammys party Sunday night and walked the red carpet together. Avril even posted a couple’s selfie on her Instagram and captioned it, “ Grammy Party ….. Feeling great. Lovely night.”
Page Six is reporting that Kanye West threw a temper tantrum backstage at Saturday Night Live and threatened to walk off before his performance. Sources say Lorne Michaels was trying to reason with him but was getting nowhere, so they brought Kim Kardashian in to calm him down. Apparently, Kanye wasn’t happy with the set for his performance — something about how it was arranged. But he eventually decided to go through with it, which may have been a big mistake based upon how it sounded. And then yesterday, Kanye hopped back on Twitter to go after white publications who dare to have opinions about his music. He tweeted, “To Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, New York Times, and any other white publication. Please do not comment on black music anymore. I love love love white people but you don’t understand what it means to be the great grandson of ex slaves and make it this far. The system is designed for colored people to fail and one of our only voices is music. One of our only ways out is music.”
Kendrick Lamar’s Grammys performance of “The Blacker the Berry” is the one everybody is talking about this morning. Kendrick ended up winning five Grammys last night, including Best Rap Album for “To Pimp a Butterfly,” but Taylor Swift beat him out for the big one. She took Album of the Year for “1989” — making her the first woman to win a Grammy in that category twice. During her acceptance speech, Taylor took a very blatant shot at Kanye West, who said of her in his song “Famous,” I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/I made that b**** famous.” She said, “I want to say to all the young women out there: there will be people along the way who try to undercut your success and take credit for your accomplishments and your fame. But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, some day when you get where you are going, you will look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there, and that will be the greatest feeling in the world.” Other winners included Meghan Trainor who took Best New Artist. Song of the Year went to “Thinking Out Loud” and Record of the Year to “Uptown Funk.”
Taylor Swift Blasts Kanye West in Grammys Acceptance