Billboard Bits: AMAs, Missy Elliott, Eagles Of Death Metal
News on AMAs, Missy Elliott, Eagles Of Death MetalToby Keith and Fleetwood Mac have been added as performers for the 31st annual American Music Awards. The Nov. 16 event will also feature previously announced performances by Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock, Ricky Martin, OutKast, Ashanti, Hilary Duff, Alan Jackson, Metallica, Britney Spears, Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken. Monica and 'N Sync's Lance Bass will co-host the pre-show airing an hour before the awards ceremony, both on ABC.
As previously reported, Keith, Justin Timberlake, Kid Rock, Ashanti, R. Kelly, Beyoncé, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, 50 Cent and Sean Paul are all multiple nominees. Winners will be selected by the public via a national poll of 20,000 music listeners.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Missy Elliott has signed on as the national spokesperson for the domestic violence activist group Break the Cycle and will lead a campaign to raise funds for the organization. "I chose Break the Cycle as my charity and am proud to lead this fundraising campaign because I know that together, we can make a difference." Elliott said in a statement. "I know how domestic violence can affect a family and I want to do everything I can to stop it from happening to others. The most important thing we can do is teach kids that they can break the cycle."
Proceeds from Elliott's upcoming Where My Girls At? Tour will benefit Break the Cycle. Information on the organization will also be included in the artist's next album, "This Is Not a Test," due Nov. 25 from the Gold Mind/Elektra.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
As tipped here in September, the Eagles of Death Metal -- the rock duo featuring Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme on drums and Jessie "The Devil" Hughes on guitar/vocals -- will embark on their first tour beginning Nov. 20 in Vancouver. The band will be supporting U.K. rock act Placebo through Dec. 6 in New Orleans.
During that time, QOTSA bassist Nick Oliveri will be on the road with his own side band, Mondo Generator. The North American portion of that trek begins Nov. 6 in San Diego and closes Dec. 10 in Los Angeles, then heads to Europe beginning Dec. 12 in London.
The debut album from the Eagles of Death Metal, "Peace, Love and Death Metal," was originally due out last month via Ipecac but will now be released in January. "It's certainly a different hat, just playing drums," Homme tells Billboard.com. "I'm looking forward to it. It's like a dance band, almost."
Here are the Eagles of Death Metal's tour dates:
Nov. 20: Vancouver (Commodore Ballroom)
Nov. 21: Seattle (Graceland)
Nov. 22: Portland, Ore. (Crystal Ballroom)
Nov. 24: San Francisco (Slim's)
Nov. 25: Las Vegas (the Joint)
Nov. 26: Los Angeles (Wiltern Theatre)
Dec. 1: Anaheim, Calif. (House of Blues)
Dec. 2: Tempe, Ariz. (Marquee Theatre)
Dec. 4: Dallas (Trees)
Dec. 5: Austin, Texas (La Zona Rosa)
Dec. 6: New Orleans (House of Blues)
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.