While most of his peers have either passed away or simply resigned themselves to playing nostalgia-packed live shows, at 58, Burning Spear seems to be emerging as the most resilient, relevant and deserving torchbearer of roots reggae.
2002 - Alicia Keys is the big winner at the second annual Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, walking away with four honors from the event staged at Miami's Billboardlive. In addition to top new R&B/hip/hop artist, the songstress earns kudos for top R&B/hip-hop album and top R&B/hip-hop albums artist for her debut, "Songs in A Minor," and top R&B/hip-hop artist female.
Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton recently teamed to a record a song together for the first time since 1990. The new Parton-penned cut, "Undercover," will be included on Rogers' upcoming album, "Back to the Well," due Sept. 23 on Rogers' Dreamcatcher label.
Rapper 50 Cent will follow his North American Roc the Mic tour with a 15-date European trek. The arena dates begin Sept. 14 in Oberhausen, Germany, and wrap Oct. 8 in Manchester, England. This will be 50 Cent's maiden European headlining tour, following a handful of prior U.K. appearances with Eminem on the latter's Anger Management tour.
America's country music scene isn't exactly known for its gay artists, but a colorful pack of wanna-be stars pulled out their best rustic twangs and wailing guitars yesterday (Aug. 7) to try to change all that.