It was announced Wednesday that Joan Jett & the Blackhearts’ induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will come at the hand of an unlikely presenter: Miley Cyrus.
The choice to have the pop star deliver such high honors to the “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” singer and her band at the April 18 event has resulted in some head-scratching and outcry from rock purists. But Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Greg Harris pointed out at a press conference that the two have history together, having performed some of Jett’s songs on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2011.
“It was interesting to learn that they are mutual admirers,” Harris said, via Cleveland.com. “They’re great friends and admirers.”
It was also announced that Dave Grohl and Tommy James of Tommy James and Shondells will perform as part of the group welcoming Jett and the Blackhearts into the Hall.
Other inductees include the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Green Day, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Bill Withers, Ringo Starr and the “5” Royales.
Harris also said Zac Brown and Tom Morello will play together in a band performing music by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
The ceremony will be filmed by HBO and aired May 30.[Source]
Pop culture heavyweights Miley Cyrus and Andy Cohen will be honored at amfAR’s sixth annual Inspiration Gala, taking place June 16 at Spring Studios in New York.
The pair will be celebrated for their support in the fight against AIDS. Both Cyrus and Cohen will receive the Inspiration Award at the gala.
Actress and singer Cyrus lends her philanthropic support to amfAR, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Cyrus is also a spokeswoman for MAC’s Viva Glam lipstick line, and all of the proceeds from Cyrus’ exclusive lip colors go toward the MAC AIDS Fund. In addition, Cyrus recently started the nonprofit Happy Hippie Foundation, which aims to inspire young people to speak out against injustice, particularly youth homelessness.
Bravo star Cohen has been an avid supporter of amfAR for more than 10 years, having hosted and chaired events for the foundation in the past. He also sits on the board of directors for Friends in Deed, a crisis center for life-threatening illnesses.
The black-tie gala will include an auction, a fashion show and live entertainment.[Source]
After calling Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) an “asshole,” Miley Cyrus is on to her next target: Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). On Wednesday, Cotton was asked about the controversial “religious freedom” measures in Arkansas and Indiana, which would allow businesses to deny services to LGBT individuals. The senator, who was sworn in earlier this year, said gay Americans should have “perspective” about discrimination. “These laws are modeled on that and a lot of the concerns of discrimination haven’t been borne to bear over the last 20 years. But I also think it’s important that we have a sense of perspective about our priorities,” Cotton said. “In Iran they hang you for the crime of being gay.” His remarks drew the attention of the outspoken pop star, who called on her legions of fans to “stir some shit up” by calling Cotton’s Capitol Hill office:
Senator Cotton thinks gay community needs to get “perspective” cuz “In Iran they hang you for the crime of being gay.”
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) April 2, 2015
Let’s stir some shit up! Senator Cotton (202) 224-2353 !!!! Happy Hippies call & express why freedom is important to us & our country!
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) April 2, 2015
When The Huffington Post attempted to reach Cotton’s office at the number Cyrus tweeted, the call immediately went to a full voicemail box. A spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.
Cyrus, who has been vocal on Instagram about her opposition to the Indiana law, has championed gay rights in recent years. In 2011, she had an equal sign tattooed on her ring finger in support of same-sex marriage.
“This is America, the nation of dreams,” she wrote in Glamour in 2012. “We’re so proud of that. And yet certain people are excluded. It’s just not right.”[Source]
Indiana’s new religious freedom law, which detractors say will allow religious business leaders to legally discriminate against the gay community, has drawn criticism from high-profile voices like Ashton Kutcher, Hillary Clinton and Apple CEO Tim Cook.
The latest celebrity to weigh in: Miley Cyrus, who shared her thoughts with TIME as part of a conversation about the future of music and youth culture for an upcoming issue of the magazine. Excerpts below:
I lived a life where I had to be something every day and had to be a character, and it wasn’t necessarily who I wanted to be. And now I’ve dedicated my life to being whoever it is that I want to be, and also constantly learning and evolving.
That’s what’s wrong with [supporters of the Indiana law]—they’re not choosing to live that way. And if you don’t choose to live that way, you’re not going to last in this generation because we are overtaking you. They are dinosaurs, and they are dying off. We are the new generation, and with that will come so much.
We are moving forward. As much as we get distracted by stupid laws that make us feel like we’re regressing, we’re not. We are moving forward because it’s our turn as young people. It’s a new rights movement. There’s so much that young people want to do and change and see, and I think a lot of that can come through social media.
I put something on my Instagram today about how people are trying now to make the Indiana law look like something that it’s not. They’re trying to make it look like it’s not discriminatory. It’s confusing for my fans, so I’m happy to [speak up about it]. They won’t listen to Tim Cook, maybe. But they’ll listen to me, you know? And people are starting to listen, I think.