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KellyR. Kelly and 50 Cent and G-Unit have been added to the performance schedule for the inaugural Vibe Awards, set for Thursday (Nov. 20) at the Santa Monica (Calif.) Civic Center. They join previously announced performers Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige featuring Eve, OutKast, Ludacris and Chingy. The show will air Friday on UPN.

Along with the initial slate of announced awards, the event will also make several special presentations. The TuBig Award -- honoring the legacy of late rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie "The Notorious B.I.G." Smalls -- will recognize a rapper who has raised the bar with his or her talents and longevity, while the Style Maverick Award will be given to an individual whose "great personal and business style has made an impact on fashion and changed the urban aesthetic."

In addition, Russell Simmons will be honored with the one-time VX Award. The presentation will recognize his pioneering efforts in the realm of hip-hop.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

MobyJust as his "
18 B-Sides + DVD" package hits stores today (Nov. 18), Moby will celebrate its release tonight with a 45-minute screening at the Apple Store in New York's Soho neighborhood. The artist will then answer questions from fans and sign autographs. A similar event is planned for Dec. 4 at Los Angeles' Apple Store.

The DVD features videos for each song from the "18" (V2) album, as well as behind-the-scenes video footage, comedy bits and remixes. As previously reported, Moby has reactivated his Voodoo Child alter ego for the album "Baby Monkey," due Jan. 27 via V2. The 12-track set is the seven-years-in-the-making follow-up to Voodoo Child's lone full-length, 1996's "The End of Everything."

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

DonCountry songwriter/vocalist Don Gibson died yesterday (Nov. 17) of natural causes in Nashville. He was 75. Gibson made his mark in 1956 on MGM with the hit self-penned ballad "Sweet Dreams," which Faron Young and Patsy Cline also took into the top-10. In 1957, after being signed to RCA by Chet Atkins, Gibson scored the two-sided hit "Oh Lonesome Me" and "I Can't Stop Loving You"; the latter became a crossover pop smash for Ray Charles in 1962.

Gibson's mellifluous voice propelled 14 more singles, most of which he also wrote, into the country top-10. Many of his compositions became much-covered standards. His career was derailed by substance-abuse problems in the late '60s, but he recovered and recorded for Hickory Records through the '70s. He withdrew from regular performing during the '80s and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

-- Chris Morris, L.A.