Latin Conference & Awards

A Closer Look At Music-Related Television This Week

Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV during the week of Sept. 1-7, 2003.

The fourth annual Latin Grammy Awards are the week's big story, Wednesday night on CBS, live from Miami. The show will be hosted by actor/comedian George Lopez and feature a ton of performances.

Look for rap act Black Eyed Peas to join five-time nominee Juanes on stage, as well as "American Idol" Kelly Clarkson to duet with Alexandre Pires. Others performing will be A.B. Quintanilla III and the Kumbia Kings with Banda El Recodo, as well as the Tribalistas -- a group made up of solo artists Arnaldo Antunes, Carlinhos Brown and Marisa Monte, Ricky Martin, Thalia, Bacilos and Molotov.

On Thursday night, ABC will turn its attention to Washington, D.C. for "NFL Kickoff Live From the National Mall." R&B/soul legend Aretha Franklin will help to kick off the 2003 National Football League season along with Britney Spears and Mary J. Blige. The show will precede the first NFL game of the year later that evening between the Washington Redskins and New York Jets at D.C.'s FedEx Field.

Those are this week's big event shows on the tube (or plasma or LCD, whatever floats your boat). Yet there's a few more highlights to be found.

How often do the classic acts such as the Allman Brothers pop up on TV? It's rare, but you'll be able to catch 'em Tuesday on Leno (NBC). If it's modern Southern rock you're into, the same night Kings Of Leon will lay down a vibe on Letterman (CBS). Jane's Addiction will rock Leno's studio on Friday night

If mornings are more your thing, Wednesday's "Good Morning America" (ABC) will boast a Jason Mraz performance, and Alanis Morissette will come out of hiding and perform for fans gathered outside the "Today" (NBC) studios in New York and Blues Traveler will do the same on Saturday. Or you can check out the Nappy Roots vibe Friday on the syndicated "Live With Regis & Kelly" show.

A little bit country? Look for Rodney Crowell Wednesday on Letterman. Better yet, catch bluegrass great Ralph Stanley and new school act Nickel Creek on PBS' "Austin City Limits" on Saturday.

Finally, did you miss the kiss? If you didn't see Madonna kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera during the opening of the MTV Video Music Awards last week, don't worry... After seemingly exhaustive reruns over the weekend, it'll be seen again on the channel on Tuesday and Thursday.