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Music News: Motown, Greta Van Fleet, Madonna, George Clinton

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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Some fresh music news of local interest…

• A Motown tribute at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards is causing a bit of a stir online. Jennifer Lopez will be doing the honors with what is expected to be a medley of Motown favorites on Sunday, Feb. 10, in Los Angeles -- two days before the Recording Academy presents an all-star "Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration" concert that will be filed and televised during April. Some commenting online, however, question why Lopez, who's Latin American, is performing the tribute rather than an African-American artist -- especially during Black History Month. The Grammys air at 8 p.m. Sunday on CBS (WWJ-TV, Channel 62 in Detroit).

• Frankenmuth's Greta Van Fleet has canceled shows on its current tour of Australia and New Zealand after frontman Josh Kiszka came down with laryngitis. In a social media posting, Kiszka wrote that he has "an upper respiratory infection that has gradually involved into laryngitis" and that the group is scrapping the dates because "performing in this condition could cause damage to my vocal cords, which is something that I cannot risk." Kiszka promised that the quartet is "already working on a momentous return to make this up to you and will be announcing that very soon." GVF is planning to attend the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, in Los Angeles, where it's nominated in four categories including Best New Artist and Best Rock album.

• Madonna will be receiving the Advocate for Change Award at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards on May 4 in New York City. The Rochester-raised multi-media star is only the second person to receive the honor, following former U.S. President Bill Clinton in 2013. "Madonna always has and always will be the LGBTQ community’s greatest ally and it is only fitting to honor and celebrate our biggest advocate at GLAAD's biggest event ever," GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. "“From the HIV crisis to international LGBTQ issues, she fearlessly pushes for a world where LGBTQ people are accepted. Her music and art have been life-saving outlets for LGBTQ people over the years and her affirming words and actions have changed countless hearts and minds."

• George Clinton has announced dates for his final concert tour with his band Parliament Funkadelic. The One Nation Under a Groove Tour kicks off May 30 in Milwaukee and currently wraps Aug. 18 in Las Vegas. There's no date in the Detroit area -- his adopted home town -- yet, but there are plenty of open dates on Clinton's summer calendar.

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