Kelly Rowland Dedicates Award to Beyonce's Mom, Miike Snow Plays Secret Montauk Concert & More Inside Scoop
Kelly Rowland Toasts Beyonce's Mom
A teary Kelly Rowland gave props to Beyonce’s mom, Tina Knowles, at the Women in Excellence Luncheon to benefit the LadyLike Foundation on June 4 in Beverly Hills. Rowland, who was feted for her philanthropic efforts, first dedicated the honor to her late mother Doris Rowland Garrison, who died in 2014, saying, “She would always tell me, 'Cross your legs, always look at people, be ladylike' -- I just feel she is here." Rowland, who along with Beyonce was a member of Destiny's Child, also dedicated the award to “my other mommy Tina,” who sat at Rowland's table in the audience. Tina “forced me to look in the mirror and say, ‘You look at that chocolate skin -- so pretty,'" Rowland told the crowd. "She taught me how glorious our skin is, ladies. Don’t dim your light for nobody.” Rowland also contributed to the more than $250,000 that was raised for the foundation -- which will give six scholarships to college-bound women from underprivileged communities in greater L.A. -- when she bought a guitar signed by Prince for $10,250 during the evening's live auction.
Also honored was Spice Girl Mel B, who, during her acceptance speech, said, “When I was growing up, I was always the odd one out, I never felt I fit anywhere, my hair was too big, I was too loud, I was too opinionated. And then I found my girls, the Spice Girls, and then I felt like I really found my people, they allowed me to be myself and then I learned to love myself.” When Overheard asked Mel about reports that the Spice Girls were going to tour again, she replied: “There is nothing to announce yet. We are just talking about it, but we are definitely working towards it.”
Miike Snow’s Secret Montauk Show
Surf Lodge owner Jayma Cardoso will not be silenced. East Hampton, New York, officials put the hotelier in a bind in May when they warned her and other Montauk venues that they can’t feature live music this summer because they don’t have “cabaret” licenses -- a move that has been interpreted as an effort to deter hipster hordes from jamming the hamlet on summer weekends. As Cardoso tells Overheard, she and concert promoter C3 Presents had booked her annual summer concert series -- a lineup that includes The Arcs, Gary Clark Jr., The Strumbellas and Lucius -- and arranged for the acts' flights and hotel accommodations back in February. Cardoso is appealing the crackdown. In the meantime, she says, "The show must go on regardless," in part, "so that we don't burn bridges with agents and managers and the bands that have blocked out dates for us four months ago."
The concert ban has forced Cardoso to get creative, and on June 5, she arranged for the Swedish band Miike Snow to play a six-song secret show, sponsored by live-streaming platform live.me, at the nearby Montauk Yacht Club's "Barn Room" ballroom. (The concert was originally scheduled to be outdoors but was moved inside due to stormy weather.) To keep the show under wraps, she says a "curated list" of 200 guests was informed of the concert location just an hour before the show. Cardoso adds: "Until the town of East Hampton grants us the proper permit, we will do secret shows in Brooklyn, Montauk and other spots for all the bands that are booked."
Zedd's Collaboration Wish List
Having toured behind his True Colors album and shot a documentary inspired by the record, Zedd (real name: Anton Zaslavski) says he's now in the mood to collaborate with other artists before embarking on his next album. "I have been working with Iggy Azalea and a couple of bands -- some friends of mine -- and new artists," he told Overheard in an exclusive interview before the world premiere of the film Zedd True Colors at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 2. "It's a little less pressure for me," he says. "Although my name is attached, it's not [front and center], so I can enjoy the fun of making music."
Asked which other artists he'd like to collaborate with, the Russian-German DJ named Adele, as well as a trio of rock bands: Silverchair, Radiohead and Muse. "That's what keeps me going," he says. "There are so many musicians that I want to work with that I will never reach a point where I feel like am done."
Robin Thicke: Hugs, Not Quotes
Robin Thicke has a novel way of turning down journalists' interview requests. At the June 4 taping of Spike TV's Guys' Choice Awards at Sony Studios in Culver City, California, Overheard approached the singer to ask him a question, and he replied with a smile: "I'm not talking to any magazine, but I can give you a hug." The "Blurred Lines" singer then did just that. Thicke opened the show, which will air on the cable network on June 9, with Michael Jackson's "Rock With You." He also performed Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," when he became distracted by two live tigers in an enclosure on the stage. "Holy sh--, there are tigers!" he said. There were also actors, including Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, who were named Guys of the Decade at the Rat Pack Las Vegas-era themed ceremony, and singer John Legend, who paid special tribute to Muhammad Ali, with a performance of "The Greatest Love of All," with Andra Day. “The Champ was the towering figure of our times -- in the boxing ring and beyond," Legend told the crowd before he sang. "He was a freedom fighter who used his fists and his wits, his force and his faith to make our world a better and more just place."