Rap duo Outkast took home the favorite music group honor at last night's (June 25) second annual BET Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. Usher left with the best male R&B artist award, while newcomer India.Arie took the female R&B artist trophy. Outkast's Big Boi dedicated the group's award to Khujo from fellow Atlanta rap act Goodie Mob. Khujo (real name: Robert Barnett) was reportedly badly hurt in a car accident the night before.
U.K. electronica/rock trio Dirty Vegas has been drafted to open for Moby's North American tour, which will play dates before and after the latter's stint on the Area2 trek. The dates kick off July 14 in Dallas and will run through Aug. 23 in Phoenix, with additional stops expected to be added. Dirty Vegas has three U.S. dates on tap beforehand, including a show tomorrow (June 27) at New York's South Street Seaport.
Usher, Eve, Busta Rhymes, Donell Jones, Tweet, and newcomer Sharissa are among the imported headliners set for Ocho Rios, Jamaica's fourth annual Sashi Experience festival. To be held Aug. 25, the event will also feature Jamaican musicians Super Cat, Bling Dawg, T.O.K., Dawn Penn, Major Damage, and the John Shop Family performing on Ocho Rios' James Bond Beach.
Pioneering U.K. electronica duo Underworld has set a Sept. 23 international release date for its latest album, "A Hundred Days Off." The set is due a day later in North America via V2 and will be preceded on Sept. 2 by first single "Two Months Off." The album is the group's first since the departure of DJ Darren Emerson, whose debut album as a solo artist is expected later this year.
Bobby Brown is resting at his New Jersey home after being released from a Virginia hospital for treatment of an infection, a family spokesperson said. The 33-year-old singer was traveling through the state with his wife, Whitney Houston, in their tour bus when they stopped at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg last week.
Columbia has set an Aug. 6 DVD release for trumpeter Chris Botti's "Night Sessions: Live in Concert." The DVD is drawn from a November 2001 concert at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre and features guest appearances by Shawn Colvin and Sting, in whose band Botti previously played. The live band also features bassists Jimmy Johnson and Christian McBride, drummers Vinnie Colaiuta and Abe Laboriel, Jr., and pianist Billy Childs.
During downtime between Slipknot tours and albums, vocalist Corey Taylor, guitarist Jim Root, and drummer Joey Jordison have returned to a pair of long-festering side projects. Taylor and Root are working with their pre-Slipknot act Stone Sour, while Jordison has dropped the drums to play guitar in Murderdolls. Both will release debut albums this summer via Slipknot's label, Roadrunner.