Billboard Bits: Vince Gill, Bonnaroo, Lord Jamar

News on Vince Gill, Bonnaroo, Lord Jamar

Long known in the industry for his generous spirit and charitable work, Vince Gill will be named the winner of the Academy of Country Music's Home Depot Humanitarian Award. Gill will be presented with the award on the nationally televised 41st annual ACM Awards on May 23 at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. The show will air live on CBS.

"I've been fortunate to receive a lot of awards," Gill tells Billboard. "When they're about a song or a record or a performance, it's just really about that moment. This kind of award embodies a totally different spirit ... These are the things that make you feel like you've been a decent human. It's more about life and more about serving your fellow man and about the things that really do matter."

Meanwhile, Gill is close to finishing his next album, which he hopes to have out in August or September. While he is keeping the ambitious project's details under wraps for now, he promises it will be "quite surprising and eye-opening" and also hints that it is something that has made him "feel like a musician again."

-- Phyllis Stark, Nashville

The Streets, Cypress Hill, Blackalicious, Lyrics Born, Deadboy & the Elephantmen and the Refugee All Stars have been added to the lineup for the 2006 Bonnaroo festival, which will be held June 16-18 in Manchester, Tenn.
As previously reported, the event will feature performances by Radiohead, Beck, Tom Petty and Elvis Costello & the Imposters, among many others.

Bonnaroo is also bringing back its comedy tent, which will be graced by Lewis Black, Patton Oswalt, Aziz Ansari, Demetri Martin, Tom Papa and members of the Upright Citizens Brigade, who will present "Air Conditioned Acid Trip."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Brand Nubian principal Lord Jamar will on June 27 release his solo debut, "The 5% Album" via indie label Babygrande. The set boasts appearances by Wu-Tang Clan affiliates RZA, GZA and Raekwon, among others.

The album, whose title refers to the Five Percent Nation of Islam, also features a collector's booklet explaining the beliefs of the Five Percent and its relation to hip-hop.

Lord Jamar is also set to appear on Sunday's (April 2) episode of HBO's "The Sopranos." The rapper had previous roles in "Oz," as well as NBC's "Law & Order" and "Third Watch."

-- Clover Hope, N.Y.