Billboard Bits: Eminem/Nas, Styx, Cabo Jazz Fest
News on Eminem/Nas, Styx, Cabo Jazz FestRappers Eminem and Nas will receive awards for youth empowerment and community development at the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network's (HSAN) Detroit event on Saturday (April 26).
Eminem will be honored with HSAN's outstanding achievement award for his charity work in his hometown of Detroit, while Nas will receive the heroes award for his song "I Can," whose inspirational lyrics are directed at young people.
"Eminem and Nas continue to make outstanding contributions towards the empowerment of youth, which results in encouraging young people to fulfill their highest aspirations," said HSAN chairman and founder Russell Simmons in a statement. As previously reported, Simmons will receive the NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with America's youth during a Sunday dinner at Cobo Hall.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Veteran rock band Styx, citing travel warnings to the city of Toronto regarding Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), has cancelled a Tuesday (April 29) concert slated for the city's Hard Rock Cafe. "The band was told by the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta that if they came into contact with SARS, they would be quarantined in America upon their return, so they have decided not to take the chance of being exposed," according to a statement. No make-up date has been announced.
The disease, which has resulted in 16 area deaths, has also forced Lisa Marie Presley and the Notwist to cancel scheduled Toronto dates.
-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto
Ruben Blades, Stanley Clarke, George Duke, and Nestor Torres are among those confirmed to perform at the first Cabo Jazz Festival in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The July 25-27 event will take place on the beach of Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach resort.
Tickets are $60 each for the July 25 (Chaka Khan, Clarke, and Duke) and July 26 (Blades, Torres, and Albita) concerts, or $110 for both nights. Tickets for the final day's Sunday Gospel Brunch are separate. For more information, visit cabojazz.com.
A free concert will precede the event on July 24 at the Puerto Paraiso Shopping Mall. That event will feature sets by Greg Karukas, Joyce Cooling, and Brenda Russell, and is sponsored by Pueblo Bonito Hotels & Resorts.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.