Santana, Snoop, Bootsy Set For ESPY Awards
Santana, Snoop Dogg, and funk pioneer Bootsy Collins have signed on to perform during the 2002 ESPY Awards, which honor outstanding sports achievements. The 10th annual event will be hosted by actor SSantana, Snoop Dogg, and funk pioneer Bootsy Collins have signed on to perform during the 2002 ESPY Awards, which honor outstanding sports achievements. The 10th annual event will be hosted by actor Samuel L. Jackson and televised live July 10 from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET.
"As a sports fan, I'm looking forward to being part of an event that recognizes the hard work of the greatest sports athletes of our generation," Carlos Santana said in a statement. Snoop Dogg added, "After touring across the country this summer to New York and back, I'll be happy to be back home and jam for the fans in L.A."
Snoop Dogg and Collins are expected to perform an updated version of Parliament's "Give up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)" that's been retitled "Undercova Funk (Give Up The Funk)" and is featured on Hollywood Records' "Undercover Brother" soundtrack. According to Collins' official Web site, Parliament's Fred Wesley, Rick Gardner, Bernie Worrell, Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins, Grady Thomas, and Ramon Tiki Fulwood will also be on hand for the performance.
Snoop Dogg is also seen performing with Parliament in Nike Basketball's current "Recognize the Funk" television ad campaign.
The ESPY performance will come three weeks before Santana kicks off a North American summer tour. The band, which will release "Shaman" as the follow-up to the 1999 smash "Supernatural" (Arista) later this year, will start the run July 31 in Virginia Beach, Va., and plans to be on the road through an Aug. 25 show in St. Paul, Minn. Santana -- which wraps a European tour Sunday (June 16) with a performance in Imola, Italy -- is also slated to perform a free Sept. 20 gig in New York to close out NBC's "Today" show summer concert series.
ESPY Awards will be handed out in 35 categories covering the gamut of professional and collegiate sports. Golfer Tiger Woods is the all-time ESPY Awards winner with 11 trophies and has three nominations this year (best male athlete, best male golfer, best record-breaking performance). The previous record holder, Michael Jordan, has 10 ESPY's and is nominated in the best comeback athlete category, which he first won in 1996.
For more information on the ESPY Awards, visit the event's official Web site.