On April 20, Google launched a video Doodle to celebrate the 70th birthday of multi-platinum, Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, and producer Luther Vandross.
The Doodle was created in collaboration with Atlanta-based guest artist and animator, Sam Bass. The music video Doodle is set to “Never Too Much,” the award-winning soundtrack originally written, produced and performed by Luther Vandross.
The video takes a journey through a joyful day in Luther Vandross’ hometown of New York City during the ’80s, while weaving in important moments throughout the singer’s life.
Luther’s family commented on the doodle:
“It is a true reflection of Luther Vandross’s musical legacy around the world to be honored by Google with an animated video Doodle that fittingly captures the joy Luther has brought the world. Luther made each of his songs about one simple, universal subject-love; an emotion and feeling common to the human experience no matter who you are, where you’re from or what you look like. No one else has expressed this emotion, in song, at the level Luther did for over 35 years. To have Google broadcast that around the world is a wonderful showcase of his immeasurable talent.”
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After battling diabetes and obesity for most of his adult life, Luther suffered a debilitating stroke on April 16, 2003 that left him confined to a wheelchair.
In an interview with Ebony magazine the following year, Luther said he was on the road to recovery and he hoped to sing again.
That same year, he won four Grammy awards to go along with the four he won in the 1990s. He picked up Grammys for R&B album of the Year, Song of the Year and Male R&B vocal performance for “Dance with My Father.” He also won a Grammy for R&B performance by a duo or group for his duet with Beyonce on the remake of “The Closer I Get to You.”
In a pre-recorded message for the 2004 Grammys audience, Luther said, “I want to thank everyone for your love and support. And remember, when I say goodbye, it’s never for long, because I believe in the power of love.”
He died from natural causes on July 1, 2005 at age 54.
Luther’s successful music career culminated in eight Grammy Awards (out of 33 nominations), a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a 1997 Super Bowl half-time show performance, and eight Billboard Top 10 albums.
Happy Birthday, Luther Vandross! The joy your music brings to the world is “never too much!”
Sisters With Voices, aka SWV say they plan to use their famous Michael Jackson sample during an upcoming Verzuz lipsync battle with Xscape.
Tamara “Taj” Johnson (left) and Leanne “Lelee” Lyons (center) joined “TMZ Live” on Thursday and were asked if SWV will play their hit, “Right Here (Human Nature Remix),” when the R&B group battles Xscape on Saturday.
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TMZ suggested there would be “potential backlash” from the “cancel culture” if SWV played the song during the Verzuz.
Taj and Lelee see no issue with playing the sample. They say they didn’t even pay Michael for the sample of his 1983 hit, “Human Nature,” and they wouldn’t be successful if not for Michael.
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The ladies say it’s not their job to judge Michael by canceling his music.
SWV fans agree. One Twitter user wrote:
“The people with this alleged “potential backlash” won’t even be tuned into the Verzuz so this will be a non issue.”
Another user tweeted: “If they DIDN’T use the MJ sample there would be an even bigger blacklash!!!!”
And a third wrote: “People still trying to create anti MJ controversy in 2021?”
Law Roach was named “Top Stylist of the Year” by The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
The 42-year-old designer graces the cover of The Hollywood Reporter issue that spotlights the 12 tastemakers who made the most impact during the pandemic.
Law shares the cover with his longtime client, model and singer Zendaya (left) and model Anya Taylor-Joy (right).
He wears Louis Vuitton and Harry Winston accessorized with boots by Christian Louboutin. Model and singer Zendaya is wearing Valentino and Bulgari with Christian Louboutin pumps. And Anya wears a Dior frock and Louboutins.
Law is best known for creating stylish looks for everyone from Zendaya and Lady Gaga to Viola Davis and Ciara Wilson.
Business boomed for the gender-bending stylist despite the lockdowns.
“I run a global, multimillion-dollar business. I did really well, even in COVID,” he said. “So that part of it is great, you know. As a person, I just want to do the things that I’m doing now and figure out more ways to help other people.”
Law shared images from the THR cover shoot on Instagram. He captioned the gallery:
“Thank You @hollywoodreporter for naming me STYLIST OF THE YEAR….. thank you to my @zendaya and @anyataylorjoy for making this cover so special. And thank you to all my clients for trusting me with something so important as your image!!!! I’m truly grateful.”