A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week

Previewing music-related television for the week of May 19-25, 2003.

It's a crazy week of music events on television. There's big names on stages from New York to Las Vegas to Los Angeles, and the hardest thing will be picking which to watch.

Country goes prime time on Wednesday as the 38th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards are broadcast live from Las Vegas on CBS. Everyone who's anyone in country music will be there, including veterans Alabama, Willie Nelson, and Reba McEntire, young bucks Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, and Trick Pony, and divas Terri Clark, Martina McBride, and Shania Twain.

Speaking of divas, don't miss "VH1 Divas Live: Divas Duets" on Thursday night. Also in Vegas, this star-studded show will boast the likes of Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Jewel, Chaka Khan, Queen Latifah, Ashanti, Beyonce Knowles, and Lisa Marie Presley, as well as Stevie Wonder.

Divas aren't your thing? well, on Monday night, VH1's still got you covered. The network will air "100% NYC: A Concert Celebrating the Tribeca Film Festival." The special concert took place last week in New York as part of the city's second annual film event, with Norah Jones and the Roots starring, and appearances by the likes of Robbie Williams and Sean Paul, and the likes of Robert De Niro, Jimmy Fallon, Whoopi Goldberg, and Denis Leary.

Piano men Billy Joel and Elton John have been teaming up for the past few years, performing to sold-out houses in the U.S. and around the world. On Tuesday night, they'll sit down for interviews with the folks at "Dateline NBC." With the lengthy, eventful careers these two have had, this is bound to be an interesting conversation.

The kids, they like their music, don't they? Well, Fox will shower them with it on Thursday when the network airs "Teen Choice Presents: Summer Music Mania. This concert features Ziggy Marley, Brian McKnight, Monica, Smash Mouth, Tyrese, Ben Taylor, Fabolous, Kelly Clarkson, and Justin Guarini performing, as well as the original goth rocker, Alice Cooper. School's out for ever!

More live music can be seen on NBC's "Today" show, too. On Wednesday, live la vida loca with Ricky Martin. On Friday, tune in for matchbox twenty.

On Sunday, tune into PBS as it's the only place you'll be able to witness the National Memorial Day Concert, unless, of course, you're one of the 300,000 or so who crowd the lawn of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., that is. Along with the National Symphony Orchestra, you'll hear Yolanda Adams, Michael Crawford, Linda Eder, and Lonestar, among others.

Last, but certainly not least, it's time to pick you "American Idol." It's down to the nitty gritty now, folks. Fans will have to choose Ruben Studdard or Clay Aiken to be the second "American Idol." On Tuesday, the pair will perform on Fox. After the country votes, the winner will be announced on Wednesday. If you want to brush up on your "Idol" hopefuls, tune in on Monday for a special show devoted to the remaining finalists.

Whatever you do, don't forget to vote for your favorite!