Billboard Bits: Martina McBride, AMAs, CMAs

Stories on Martina McBride, the Amercian Music Awards and Country Music Awards.

MartinaIn conjunction with its Valentine's Day promotions, Hallmark will exclusively offer an eight-track Martina McBride disc, "My Heart." The CD will sell for $10.95 or $6.95 with the purchase of any three Hallmark cards at the greeting card company's Gold Crown stores in the United States and Canada.

The disc will feature two new tracks by the country artist, "At Last" and "Together Again." The rest will be songs from McBride's catalog, including "Valentine," a 1997 duet with contemporary jazz artist Jim Brickman.

As previously reported, next month Hallmark will begin offering the exclusive holiday set, "James Taylor: A Christmas Album."

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.






BuffettJimmy Buffett and his "friends" Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith and George Strait will reprise their rendition of Hank Williams classic "Hey Good Lookin'" at the 38th annual Country Music Association Awards. Organizers have also added a duet between Patty Loveless and Alan Jackson ("Monday Morning Church"), Terri Clark and Montgomery Gentry to the Nov. 9 show's performance bill.

They join
previously confirmed performers Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Julie Roberts, Josh Turner, Sara Evans, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson Alison Krauss and Brad Paisley and Shania Twain with Billy Currington.

Brooks & Dunn will host the show at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House, which will be seen live on CBS.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.






UsherUsher and Alicia Keys are the latest artists added to the lineup for the 32nd annual American Music Awards (AMAs). A rendition of their hit duet "My Boo" joins
previously confirmed performances by Maroon5, John Mayer, Lenny Kravitz, Fantasia, Twista, Snoop Dogg and Pharrell, Josh Groban, Toby Keith, Jessica Simpson, Gwen Stefani, Usher, Kanye West and Gretchen Wilson.

The Nov. 14 show at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles will air live on ABC and will be hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.