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TimTim McGraw, Vince Gill, Gary Allan, Terri Clark, Buddy Jewell, Joe Nichols, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton and Darryl Worley will be among the performers on the 37th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. The ceremony will be broadcast live Nov. 5 from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House and hosted by Gill.

They will join previously announced duet partners Dolly Parton and Norah Jones and Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett, and Toby Keith, Martina McBride, George Strait and Shania Twain in performance during the show.

Keith leads the field with seven nominations. Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley and the late Johnny Cash each received four nominations.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

BonBon Jovi will film its Nov. 14-15 at the Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J., for a future DVD release. No ticketing details have yet been announced for the concerts, which come in conjunction with the group's
new album, "This Left Feels Right." On the set, due Nov. 4 from Island, Bon Jovi offers acoustic re-interpretations of such hits as "Wanted Dead or Alive," "Keep the Faith" and "Born To Be My Baby," alongside two new songs.

International editions of "This Left Feels Right" will include a six-track bonus DVD, featuring a December 2002 taping for AOL's "Sessions" series. Select bonus audio tracks are included on the international and Japanese versions of the album.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

BobPhotojournalists in Germany have announced plans to boycott Bob Dylan's upcoming tour of the country, after he stated that he would not allow his photograph to be taken during performances. The photographers are considering the same action against other international stars. At its latest gathering on Friday in Berlin, the German Association of Journalists called on its more than 41,000 members to boycott Dylan's Oct 17-Nov. 8 tour.

The association's managing director, Thomas Schelberg, says photographers are increasingly facing restrictions imposed by artists and their management over the types of photos they can take during concerts and how the images can be used. "The freedom of photographic journalists to pursue their profession is more important than Bob Dylan's personal preferences," says a spokesperson for the group.

A spokesman for Cologne-based concert promoter Peter Rieger, which is handling Dylan's tour, says it is no secret that the artist does not allow his concerts to be filmed or photographed. "If the artist doesn't want any photos taken, our hands are tied, and we have to accept this," he says.

-- Wolfgang Spahr, Hamburg