Tenor Luciano Pavarotti and multi-faceted music impresario Quincy Jones are among the five individuals selected to receive the 2001 honors from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Actress Julie Andrews, actor Jack Nicholson, and pianist Van Cliburn will also be honored during a Dec. 2 ceremony at the center's Opera House in Washington, D.C.
Country-soul collective Lambchop is wrapping work on its forthcoming studio album and is shooting for a March 2002 release on Merge Records. According to the Nashville-based group's multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Marx, the yet-to-be-titled follow-up to 2000's widely acclaimed "Nixon" will be a "real departure."
Having recently completed a 42-city tour of North America in support of his latest Atlantic album, "Human," Rod Stewart has announced another set of North American dates running through October and November. He is also making plans for 2002, including a brief tour of Australia. Tickets for a number of the shows, including the Australian dates, go on sale this weekend.
Grammy-winning songstress Toni Braxton is wrapping up work on her first Christmas album, "Snowflakes," due Oct. 23 from Arista. The album is being produced by Braxton and her husband, Mint Condition's Keri Lewis, who are also expecting a child before the end of the year.
The Vocal Group Hall of Fame will induct 14 acts spanning five decades as its class of 2001, including the Bee Gees, Eagles, the Lettermen, Oak Ridge Boys, Gladys Knight & the Pips, and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. The organization will bestow its Harmony Award for outstanding contributions to the world of vocal group music on each of the acts at a Sept. 13 ceremony at its Sharon, Pa.-based museum.
Although he is best known as the king of rock'n'roll, Elvis Presley will be honored in the music genre he loved first and best -- gospel. The Gospel Music Association (GMA) will induct Presley into its Hall of Fame Nov. 27 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' traffic stop on South Beach's Ocean Drive during Easter weekend won't cost him any more than the bills from his two lawyers. Combs' legal team won dismissal today (Sept. 5) of a charge that he passed illegally while riding a motor scooter on April 14 on the two-lane road, which is gridlocked with rubbernecking motorists and pedestrians on a normal weekend.
Seminal indie rock outfit Dinosaur Jr. will be the subject of a new greatest hits compilation slated for an Oct. 2 release on Rhino/Warner Archives. "Ear Bleeding Country: The Best of Dinosaur Jr." features 19 tracks culled from the band's 1985 Homestead Records debut, "Dinosaur," to 1997's "Hand It Over" (Sire), plus one song from frontman J Mascis' 2000 album with his new band, the Fog.
The second My VH1 Music Awards this year will be broadcast Dec. 2 event from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Award categories, nominees, and winners are chosen entirely by voting on VH1.com; categories will be announced Oct. 1, nominees will be unveiled on Nov. 2. Fans can vote for winners up to the last possible moment before the awards are presented on the telecast.
A quartet of emerging neo-soul R&B artists -- Craig David, Sunshine Anderson, Lina, and Res -- will be featured on this week's episode of HBO's "Reverb," set to debut tonight (Sept. 5) at 8 p.m. ET/PT. David, the U.K.'s two-stepping favorite son, will perform his current hit, "Fill Me In" -- which is at No. 17 on Billboard's Hot 100 -- from his Atlantic debut, "Born to do It." David's performance was filmed at New York's Irving Plaza, as were Anderson's and Lina's, while Res was captured at the city's Bowery Ballroom.
Academy Award winners John Williams, Hans Zimmer, and Rachel Portman will compete with Carter Burwell and Yann Tiersen for the composer of the year prize in the inaugural World Soundtrack Awards. The honor will be presented at the 28th Flanders International Film Festival in Ghent, Belgium, which runs Oct. 8-18.
It has been nearly two years since former Quicksand lead singer/guitarist Walter Schreifels began informal jam sessions with ex-Civ drummer Sammy Siegler and bassist Cache Tolman as Rival Schools. Armed with an impressive debut, "United by Fate" (due Aug. 28 via Island), the band is ready to spread the music beyond an already fervent New York fanbase.