Miley Cyrus has used a fan-favorite song by Minneapolis rockers the Replacements to raise a voice for transgender and gay youths, and she got Joan Jett to help her, along with a modern punk-rock hero, Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace. The three unlikely musical partners rerecorded the Mats' 1984 ballad "Androgynous" in a video and single to promote Cyrus' Happy Hippie Foundation, which lends support to homeless and LGBT youths. The video debuted Friday on The Advocate's website with a link to donate to the cause (HappyHippies.org; see the video at startribune.com/artcetera).
Cyrus' appreciation of the Replacements is a bit of a surprise, but not Jett's, since she collaborated with the band's frontman Paul Westerberg a few times in the 1990s. Grace undoubtedly is a longtime fan, too, but the song now serves as a personal anthem following her recent coming-out as transgender. Some of the song's lyrics include, "She's happy the way she looks/She's happy with her gender." Grace was announced this week as a headliner for Dillinger Four's D4th block party with Against Me! on July 4 outside the Triple Rock in Minneapolis.
Stars flock to Letterman's side
Former President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Howard Stern and Julia Roberts will be among the guests during the final full week of David Letterman's reign as a late-night host. On Tuesday, Clinton will make his 10th appearance on the "Late Show." CBS said Friday that Stern and comic Don Rickles will be on Monday's show, Adam Sandler will also be on Tuesday, Roberts and musical guest Ryan Adams will be on Wednesday, George Clooney and musician Tom Waits appear Thursday and Winfrey will be on Friday. Letterman will interview bandleader and sidekick Paul Shaffer on Wednesday. Letterman's final show will be on May 20. Guests have not been announced for the final three programs.
Hitmaker: Megaproducer Shonda Rhimes is increasing her ABC real estate. The network has agreed to make "The Catch," a new series by Rhimes about a fraud investigator. Rhimes is responsible for ABC's entire Thursday lineup of "Grey's Anatomy," ''Scandal" and "How to Get Away With Murder."
Farewell: Marcia Brown, a celebrated author and illustrator of children's books and three-time Caldecott Medal winner whose work ranged from the bold strokes of "Once a Mouse" to the more abstract and lyrical sketches of "Cinderella," died April 28 of congestive heart failure. She was 96.