Rapper 50 Cent leads the finalists for the 2003 Billboard Awards, which will be presented Dec. 10 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The Shady/Aftermath/Interscope artist is a contender in six categories, including artist of the year, album of the year ("Get Rich or Die Tryin'"), R&B/Hip-Hop artist of the year and Hot 100 single of the year ("In Da Club").
With his single "Holidae In" in the top-10 of several of Billboard's charts, Chingy is making the rounds of festival shows staged by U.S. radio stations this holiday season. The run begins Wednesday (Nov. 3) at the Jammin' Z90 Jingle Jam put together by KHTZ San Diego. Also on that bill will be Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz, Ludacris, Mya and the Ying Yang Twins, among others.
Sausalito, Calif.'s Plant Recording studio recently hosted the likes of former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, Billy Joel drummer Liberty DeVitto and others for sessions that will benefit the children's music program Little Kids Rock. The artists are involved in recording songs composed by the group's students for the benefit CD project "Little Kids, Big Fans: Stars United For Music Education."