Musical and acting skills have placed Jennifer Lopez ahead of fellow nominees for the 2003 Teen Choice Awards. Lopez scored 12 nominations, including nods for movie actress, female music artist and female "hottie." Eminem follows with seven nominations, which include notices in the movie actor, rap artist and male music artist categories.
Gladys Knight and Deborah Gibson have signed on to be judges on Fox's "American Juniors." The TV talent show is the spinoff to the network's "American Idol." In addition to Knight and Gibson as regular judges, "American Juniors" will have a different guest judge every week.
Preliminary plans are underway for a Simon and Garfunkel reunion tour for the fall, sources tell Billboard.com. The agents for Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel are collaborating on "initial explorations" regarding a tour, which is tentatively set to play arenas. The famed folk/pop duo last toured in 1993-94.
A seven-person team of emergency response experts from around the country will spend the next several months evaluating the reaction to a Rhode Island nightclub fire that killed 100 people and injured nearly 200 others.
Musical performances by Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, Beyonce Knowles and John Mellencamp will highlight NBC's annual "Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular," to air July 4 at 9 p.m. ET. The show will be hosted by late-night talk-show host / MTV VJ Carson Daly and actress Molly Sims, and feature an address by President George W. Bush.
The rhythm section from British rock act Travis is slated to be the backing band on Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith's sixth album. Bassist Dougie Payne and drummer Neil Primrose will begin work on the album, to be composed of songs Sexsmith refers to as the "Sugar Bush Demos," in early August in London.