It's just the things that she has done in history as far as being a great actress or great singer, to be able to record the span of time, you know, and she still to this day is doing things, you see on ‘The Masked Singer,’ you see her on ‘Showtime at the Apollo’. “I have to get up and go to work at 4 in the morning,” Love told Variety. She just keeps working and that just lets you know that she’s a true entertainer.” “We have to celebrate our icons while they're here, and so that's why it was so important for me to get up and do this.
Knight was honored with videotaped messages from friends and fans like Jamie Foxx, Chrissy Metz, Linda Thompson, Smokey Robinson and Motown's Berry Gordy, as well as a video retrospective of her life and career that played after guests enjoyed a three-course dinner. And Crews — who attended the party with his wife and fellow Knight super-fan Rebecca —  got his chance to join in on the musical tribute during the “One Knight in October” celebration, hosted by Rafi Anteby.
Love laughed, “I just got her a Target gift card. I was like, you know, everybody needs something from Target, so I was like ‘Let me just get her this gift card.’ And that way, you know, I think it was like 100 bucks…splurge, on me, Gladys.” But what do you get a music legend for such an important occasion?
Taking a break from a world tour, the "Empress of Soul" celebrated her milestone birthday in regal fashion, with a guest list that featured fellow music superstars Diane Warren, La Toya Jackson, Lalah Hathaway and David and Katharine Foster, as well as Billy Dee Williams, George Wallace, Tommy Chong and “The Real’s” Loni Love, all gushing about the chance salute Knight in person.
“I just remember how iconic that was because at the time there were only three channels and that was it. And when you were famous…when you were black on TV, everybody was tied in and like, ‘Oh my God, did you see last night?’ You know, it was all what everybody talked about and she was just a mainstay.” “I grew up in Flint, Michigan, and when I was a kid she was already a mega star, so we used to play her at the house,” Terry Crews explained of his love for Knight, recalling watching the singer perform on Richard Pryor’s show.
Of getting the chance to party alongside his idol, the actor and television host quipped, “I want to be an honorary Pip tonight, my name is Terry Pip Crews!”
Hathaway did the honors of singing "Happy Birthday" to Knight, who blew out the candles on a decadent cake before heading to the stage for her finale performance that included "Love Overboard" and "Neither One of Us." Knight closed out the evening with a performance of her classic “Midnight Train to Georgia" (with Crews taking his place onstage as a fill-in Pip) before hitting the final notes just before 11 p.m.” /> Grammy-nominated singer MAJOR pulled Knight in for a brief duet of his hit song, "Why I Love You," altering the lyrics to pay tribute to the songstress. But the highlight of the evening was the jam session featuring Taylor Dayne, Chanté Moore, Freda Payne, V. Bozeman, Brie Capone, Louis Price and Al B. Sure.
Adding of her 75 years and legendary career, Knight told Variety, "I am most proud of the spirit that I've had along the way. Not letting it take you over and take you somewhere else that He didn't plan for you to go."
"Cause you know, we just will never know the hour, the moment, the day, the time that we're supposed to go. So you should make the most of every moment." "I feel blessed," Knight told reporters Sunday night on the red carpet outside Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill Jazz in Bel-Air, Calif.
Gladys Knight may have turned 75 in May, but the celebration is still going nearly five months later.

“Our millions of longtime viewers have already embraced Terry as the host of ‘AGT: The Champions,’ and we are excited to welcome Gabrielle and Julianne to the ‘AGT’ family,” said Trish Kinane, president of entertainment programming for Fremantle North America. “They are ready to bring a new level of expertise, energy, entertainment and fun to our judging panel.”” />
“America’s Got Talent” was created by Cowell and is co-produced by Fremantle and Syco Entertainment. Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane, and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.
Hough is a two-time professional dance champion and has appeared as a judge on “Dancing with the Stars.” She has also starred in such films as “Footloose,” “Rock of Ages,” “Safe Haven” and “Bigger.” She also starred in Fox's “Grease: Live” and will be seen in the upcoming Netflix anthology series “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings.” She is repped by WME and Untitled Entertainment.
NBC’s unrivaled and beloved summer sensation “America’s Got Talent” revs up the excitement for season 14 with award-winning actress, author and producer Gabrielle Union and actress, dancer, singer and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Julianne Hough joining the judging panel. In addition, Terry Crews will serve as host of the hit series, a role he currently fills on the highly rated “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.”
"America's Got Talent" has set a new host and members of its judging panel going into Season 14, Variety has learned.
As their partner in crime, host Terry Crews will continue to light up the stage with his quick wit and unending charm.” I am excited to see how their knowledge, compassion and sheer joy enhance the experience for acts and viewers alike. “The next evolution of the format brings in fresh expert eyes to join Simon and Howie on the panel. Gabrielle and Julianne are two of the most aspirational women in the business, on top of being electric entertainers with talent across disciplines. “One of the many secrets to the success and longevity of ‘America’s Got Talent’ is its fearless drive to reinvent itself,” said Meredith Ahr, president of the alternative and reality group at NBC Entertainment.
He is also known for roles in films like "Deadpool 2," the "Expendables" franchise, and "Sorry to Bother You." Crews has also become a highly-visible part of the #MeToo movement after coming forward with his own story of sexual assault at the hands of former WME partner Adam Venit. Crews is repped by UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment. Crews currently hosts "America's Got Talent: The Champions." He also stars on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," which recently debuted its sixth season on NBC.
In addition, Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough will serve as judges on the upcoming season, joining returning judges Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel. and Heidi Klum will not return as judges. Mel B. Terry Crews will take over as host of the NBC competition show from Tyra Banks.
Union will executive produce and star in the “Bad Boys” TV spinoff “L.A.’s Finest” on Charter’s Spectrum network that is set to premiere on May 13. She originated her character in the series in the film franchise. She is also known for starring in the BET series "Being Mary Jane" and for film roles like “Bring It On,” “Think Like a Man,” and “Breaking In.” She is repped by CAA and Atlas Artists.


Black Man stomps out Hollywood Honcho' would be the headline the next day," he wrote. "My wife n I were at a Hollywood function last year n a high level Hollywood executive came over 2 me and groped my privates," Crews wrote. He went on to write that he leapt away from the man and considered fighting back physically, but thought better of it. "'240 lbs.


Terry Crews took to Twitter Tuesday to express solidarity with victims of Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual harassment and assault and to share his own story of being the target of an entertainment executive.


The Times piece documented multiple stories of other women including Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan, as well as former junior female employees of the Weinstein Company and Weinstein's previous company, Miramax, who were allegedly harassed or pressured by Weinstein. In subsequent pieces in the Times and the New Yorker, and in their own separate statement on social media, many more women have come forward alleging to have been victims of sexual harassment or assault at the hands of Weinstein, among them Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Rosanna Arquette.
See the tweets from Crews below:
The "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star wrote in a series of posts on Twitter that he was groped by an unnamed executive at an industry event a year ago.


"I let it go. And I understand why many women who this happens to let it go," Crews wrote, adding, "Who’s going 2 believe you? ( few) What r the repercussions?(many) Do u want 2 work again? Crews then voiced support for women who allege being harassed or assaulted by Weinstein since the publication of a New York Times article last week alleging a long history of abusive behavior on the part of the former CEO of the Weinstein Co. (Yes) R you prepared 2b ostracized?(No)."


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