2017 BET Awards

Billboard Bits: CUN/Billboard, T In The Park, James Brown

Children Uniting Nations (CUN) and Billboard have joined forces to host a series of events to take place during Oscar week.

Children Uniting Nations (CUN) and Billboard have joined forces to host a series of events to take place during Oscar week. The celebration kicks off Friday (Feb. 23) with rapper Lil' Kim and CUN founder Daphna Ziman hosting a press conference and luncheon at the former Warner Bros. estate in Los Angeles.

Lil' Kim and Ziman will discuss a newly formed partnership to help foster children and announce the list of 2007 honorees for the Inspiring Our Children To Dream Awards, which will be presented at the CUN viewing celebration on Sunday. That event will include a formal dinner, a musical performance and an auction. All proceeds will benefit CUN.

Afterward, the CUN After Party will boast performances from Lil' Kim, "American Idol" stars Ruben Studddard and Diana Degarmo, hip-hop pioneer Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, DMX and DJ Spinderella.

-- Mariel Concepcion, N.Y.






The Killers, the Arcade Fire, My Chemical Romance, Snow Patrol and Arctic Monkeys will perform at this year's T in the Park Festival, to be held July 6-8 in Balado by Kinross, Scotland. This is the first time the long-running show will be spread across three days.

On the first night, the lineup will be rounded out by Bloc Party and Lily Allen. July 7 will feature the Kooks, Babyshambles, the Klaxons and James Morrison, while the final day includes Scissor Sisters, Kings Of Leon, Interpol, Maximo Park, Tori Amos and Amy Winehouse. More artists will be added.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.






James Brown's late partner, Tomi Rae Brown, has signed a deal with Irvine, Calif.-based the Machine Productions. The agreement calls for the release of a tribute album, "Mrs. Brown: This Is for You," featuring James and Tomi Rae singing together and performing original material they wrote with one another.

"Contributions from various successful rap artists" will also be included, according to a statement from the Machine Productions.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.