The "country girl" prevailed tonight (May 25) as Carrie Underwood was named the "American Idol" at the conclusion of the Fox show's two-hour fourth season finale at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 22-year-old Oklahoma native beat out "rocker" Bo Bice, taking in the most votes cast by viewers after Tuesday night's performance episode.
1998 - The first Native American Music Awards take place at the Fox Theater at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. The show is hosted by Wayne Newton, and presenters include Joe Walsh, Bruce Cockburn, Richie Havens and John Trudell. Lifetime achievement awards go to Robbie Robertson and Frederick Whiteface.
Nas, Redman, the Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon and Ghostface (performing material from their 1995 album "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx") and Gang Starr MC Guru lead the lineup for the Rock the Bells festival, to be held July 30 at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernadino, Calif.
Four women who claim that Phil Spector pointed guns at them during dates will be allowed to testify when the record producer stands trial on charges of shooting dead an actress at his mansion, a judge ruled yesterday (May 23). Spector has denied murdering an actress he picked up in a Los Angeles nightclub in February 2003.