DIONNE WARWICK SAYS EVERYONE CAN CALL HER 'AUNTIE': Dionne Warwick has defended a fan after people on social media said that he couldn't call her auntie. The fan asked the legendary singer, “Auntie, have you tried white claw?” A tweeter responded to him, “Really disturbing seeing a White man call a Black woman 'Auntie' You are lucky Dionne is nice. You better not try this with other Black women. How dare you? Black women are not your #MAMMY or Aunties. Only BLACK ppl can say that to each other…This isn’t the 1800s or the 1920s, White Man. Don’t you ever again refer to a Black woman as 'Auntie'.” Warwick responded, “Hi. This was unnecessary. He was not disrespectful. He can call me Auntie if he wants to. I am everyone’s Auntie.”

ASHANTI IS COVID FREE: Ashanti has announced that she no longer has COVID-19. She wrote via Instagram, “Starting off the new year Amazing and Covid free!!! Got my negative results back 2 days ago! Happy new Year y’all!!!… Let’s go 202WON! ThankuGod.” She added, “Feeling grateful … My parents and I got our negative results back right in time to start off the New Year healthy, happy & loved. Wishing y’all all an Amazing 202WON.” Ashanti's VERZUZ battle with Keyshia Cole is coming up on January 9th.

NEYO PROPOSES TO WIFE CRYSTAL SMITH AGAIN: After separating earlier this year, Ne-Yo proposed to his wife Crystal Smith again. After the clock struck midnight on New Year's Day (January 1st), he told Crystal, “I love you. I have decided, we have decided that this is our forever, yes?” He continued, “Ok, so, with that being said, I need you to know there’s nowhere else on the face of the planet that I would rather be. There’s no one else on the face of the planet that I’d rather be with. So with that being said, Crystal Renee Smith, will you marry me again?” he said as he got down on one knee. Crystal responded by embracing Ne-Yo.