This is incredibly brave!
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Watch out, polar vortices - Summer time is finally here!
Not the season, obvs, LOLz! We're talking about Donna Summer time!
Sure, the sensational singer died nearly two years ago, but her tragic passing shouldn't prevent you from enjoying the fruits of her musical labors!
So dust off those bell bottoms because we're offering you an EXCLUSIVE! last dance with disco's greatest diva!!!
We're giving away ten - that's right, TEN - autographed vinyl copies of a brand new Donna remix compilation called Love to Love You Donna! Woo hoo!
Chromeo & Oliver just teamed up to remix one of her great singles, a 30-year-old hit called Love is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)!
Even better, we're bringing you an ultra-EXCLUSIVE first listen!
We honestly think UR gonna love it, so ch-ch-check it out…AFTER THE JUMP!!!
And while there was a myriad of star-studded guest speakers and performers for the special occasion, including Oprah Winfrey, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters, and John Mayer, one expected performer was NOTICEABLY missing in action:
The diva, who was expected to join Hudson by posthumously honoring Summers' magnificent career with a performance of Bad Girls and Last Dance, reportedly canceled at the last minute. And her absence is now being said to have been due to
At first we thought Usher was being INDUCTED into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but then we heard it was Donna Summer, Albert King, Quincy Jones and Lou Adler — which made more sense as Usher hasn't really been around long enough to get a nod! Ha!
Usher WILL be there, though! Along with Carole King, John Fogerty, Spike Lee, and Harry Belafonte! They're on the list of performers and presenters for the ceremony!
Usher will be performing for Quincy Jones, which is pretty damn perrrrrfect!
Sounds like an amazing night, and what an honor for everyone involved!
Congrats to those being inducted! You're all LEGENDS!!
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced it's 2013 class of inductees, and we're pleased as punch by the bands and artists on the list!
Our fave ones to make the cut include Heart, Rush, Public Enemy, and — obvi — Donna Summer!
Heart wrote one of the best chick-rock songs ever with Crazy on You!
Public Enemy's Flavor Flav and Chuck D fought the powers that be for decades!
After being consistently overlooked, Canadian prog-rockers and Ayn Rand enthusiasts Rush finally get the recognition they deserve!
And, of course, the late/great Donna Summer touched all of us so profoundly that we would never ever argue against her inclusion!
Even I Love L.A. singer Randy Newman is joining in on the fun!
We expect much of the talented class to perform at the Nokia Center induction ceremony in April!
[Image via Capitol Records & Columbia Records & Mercury & Casablanca.]
All right, what?!
We were thrilled to find out back in May that this year's upcoming VH1 Divas special would pay tribute to the life and music of dearly departed Whitney Houston, and couldn't wait to learn the line-up of talent to be featured for such an occasion!
However, we're pretty confused to report that in spite of the concert's namesake, this year's line-up warrants that it be re-named VH1 Former Disney Darlings!
…again with the HUH?
While we understand the latter's inclusion, given her involvement in Sparkle, and enjoy ALL the ladies as artists, we just find ourselves a little disappointed that producers couldn't land anyone with a little more, ahem, 'clout!'
In fact, we'd argue that the person who warrants
Death is a sad fact of life.
We've written about A LOT of famous faces that passed away over the last year and we weren't too happy about it, but we are happy to see them being remembered at the Emmys (above).
Andy Griffith, Michael Clarke Duncan, Phyllis Diller, Heavy-D, Andy Rooney, Steve Jobs, Patrice O'Neal, Whitney Houston, Donna Summer, Tony Scott, Mike Wallace, Ernest Borgnine, Dick Clark, and SO MANY more wil be dearly missed.
Rest in peace and THANK YOU ALL for the countless hours of entertainment you've provided for us over the years!