Billboard Bits: Latin Grammys, DMX, Pantene Pro-Voice

News on Latin Grammys, DMX, Pantene Pro-Voice

NellyCelia Cruz, Alejandro Sanz, and Vicente and Alejandro Fernandez have been added to the talent lineup for tomorrow's (Sept. 18) third annual Latin Grammy Awards. They join previously announced performers Carlos Santana with P.O.D., Marc Anthony, Shakira, Juanes with Nelly Furtado, Thalia, Carlos Vives, Ivan Lins, and Bossacucanova. Singer actress Gloria Estefan and actor Jimmy Smits will host the ceremony, which will be held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

As previously reported, Carlos Vives leads the Latin Grammy field with six nominations. Cruz pulled in four nominations, while Miguel Bose, Emilio Estefan, Juanes, Gian Marco, and Sanz each netted three nods.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.






DMXHarperEntertainment has set Nov. 5 as the release date for "E.A.R.L. - The Autobiography of DMX as told to Smokey D. Fontaine." The book, which will retail for $14.95, is described as a completely uncensored tale of the life and times of the rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons.

"E.A.R.L." is filled with "feelings and emotions he's never shared with anyone before," according to the publisher. Included among the revelations DMX put down on the page are the details of severe abuse at the hands of his family and vivid descriptions of his time on the run from juvenile centers as a youth.

DMX's last album was 2001's "The Great Depression" (Ruff Ryders/Def Jam), which debuted on top of The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The set has sold 1.7 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.






NellyThe second annual Pantene Pro-Voice talent competition for unsigned female acts is the subject of a one-hour special that MuchMusic USA will air Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. ET. Queen Latifah hosts the previously taped special, which features the five finalists performing in front of an audience of thousands in New York's Central Park. Michelle Branch and M2M appear as guest performers.

The contest prizes included $25,000 worth of music equipment and a demo recording deal with Atlantic Records. Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Willa Ford, and Vitamin C were among the celebrity judges.

-- Carla Hay, N.Y.