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Week Of March 17-23, 2003

Music related TV highlights for March 17-23, 2003.

The big name musical highlight of this week won't come until Sunday (March 23), when U2 and Paul Simon perform during the 75th annual Academy Awards ceremony on ABC. Both are up for best song Oscars, U2 for "The Hands That Built America" from "Gangs of New York" and Simon for "Father and Daughter," from "The Wild Thornberrys Movie."

Even though rapper Eminem is among the categories nominees (for "Lose Yourself," included in the film "8 Mile" in which he also starred), don't look for his appearance. His label, Interscope, has confirmed that the Detroit-based artist has no intention of appearing. But do keep an eye out for nominee Queen Latifah (best supporting actress for her role in "Chicago"), and musicians-turned-actors Jennifer Lopez and Will Smith who will be on hand to present awards.

Don't be late! This year's live Oscars broadcast, hosted by actor/comedian Steve Martin, will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT. A half-hour red carpet interview show will precede the big event.

Country Music Television (CMT) has a pair of interesting specials scheduled this week. The first is a Thursday night concert performance program featuring Alison Krauss + Union Station, one of bluegrass and roots music's premiere acts. On Sunday the cable network will present "The Ballad of Bering Strait," a documentary feature about Russian country music act Bering Strait's incredible ordeal to live out its dream of making it in the U.S. music business.

Other highlights to watch out for this week include an appearance by rapper Snoop Dogg on Comedy Central's "Crank Yankers" (Tues. March 18), and former Beatle Ringo Starr's appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America" (Thurs. March 20). If you're into award show clothing critiques, Sunday's "Best & Worst Red Carpet Fashions" special on E! should warm you up nicely for that night's Oscar watching as it rants and raves about the get-ups of music and actors at events past.