News on Kelly Osbourne, Diana Ross, Grammys
Kelly Osbourne will give her debut live performance of her cover of Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach" at the 11th annual MTV Movie Awards, to be handed out June 1 and broadcast June 6 on the music channel. As previously reported, Tenacious D's Jack Black and actress Sarah Michelle Gellar will co-host. Other confirmed performers include Eminem and the White Stripes. Will Smith, Bow Wow, Eve, Mike Myers, Chris Rock, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, and many others are scheduled to present awards.
Smith received a nod for best male performance for his title role in "Ali," while DMX's role in "Exit Wounds" earned him a nomination for the breakthrough male award. The late Aaliyah is up for the best villain honor for her role as a vampire in "The Queen of the Damned." Britney Spears and Mandy Moore -- who had their first starring movie roles in "Crossroads" and "A Walk to Remember," respectively -- are both nominated in the breakthrough female category.
Osbourne's rendition of Madonna's 1986 hit is No. 15 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart this week, and a video is in heavy rotation on MTV. The track can be found on "The Osbournes Family Album," due June 11 via Epic.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Diana Ross has entered a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center before she begins an international summer tour, her spokesperson said today (May 30). Ross voluntarily entered the Promises center in Malibu about 10 days ago "to clear up some personal issues," according to the spokesperson, who did not know when Ross would be released or the specific problem for which she was receiving treatment.
"She wants to be in great shape because she is someone who feels a sense of responsibility to her family and her fans," the spokesperson said, reading from a prepared statement.
Ross' tour is still scheduled to begin June 26 in Bonn, Germany. The artist has dates booked through an Aug. 22-24 stand at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.
The Recording Academy has appointed a search committee to hire a replacement for Michael Greene, who resigned as president/CEO in late April. Trustees have also revamped several Grammy Awards categories. Among the major changes are a new field for dance music, instead of simply a category in the pop field. Two categories were added in the R&B field: best contemporary album and best urban/alternative performance. The category of best rap solo vocal has been split into female and male performances.
In addition, the trustees increased funding for grant programs from $400,000 in 2002 to $700,000 next year. The grants fund music-preservation programs, research projects, and medical studies for music professionals.
-- Melinda Newman, L.A.
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