Billboard Bits: VH1 Big in 2002 Awards, Sum 41, Kurupt

News on the VH1 Big in 2002 Awards, Sum 41, Kurupt

Dave MatthewsChristina Aguilera, Bon Jovi, Norah Jones, and John Mayer have joined the list of performers for the VH1 Big in 2002 Awards, set for Dec. 15 at Los Angeles' Grand Olympic Auditorium. The show will be hosted by "The Sopranos" stars Michael Imperioli and Drea De Matteo.

As previously reported, the show has been revamped this year to include film and TV-related categories in addition to music and video award honors.

Award categories include "Garage Sale" (best garage band), "Can't Get You Out of My Head" (best song), and "You Kiss Your Mother with That Mouth?," an Osbournes-only category rating the family members' respective "arsenal(s) of expletives." Winners in most categories will be selected by a diverse "expert" panel of voters, while some will be decided by online voting.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

Dave MatthewsThe first run of copies of Sum 41's upcoming Island set "Does This Look Infected?" will include an 80-minute bonus DVD featuring six electronic press kits, a mockumentary of the band's alter ego Pain For Pleasure, and outtakes from the video for current single "Still Waiting." As previously reported, "Does This Look Infected?" arrives Nov. 26. "Still Waiting" is No. 20 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart this week.

In addition, each copy of the album will contain a code allowing fans to register at the band's official Web site and stream live tracks from Sum 41's current tour. Users can also select five tracks to burn to a CD free of charge. The group hits Detroit tonight (Nov. 18).

The new album is the follow-up to last year's "All Killer No Filler," which peaked at No. 13 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 1.69 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Dave MatthewsRapper Kurupt is working on his fourth studio album, "Against the Grain." The set is due early next year via Tha Row Records, and will be the follow-up to last year's "Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey" (Artemis), which debuted at No. 5 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 10 on The Billboard 200.

Before working on the album, the rapper-turned-actor was busy shooting his major motion picture debut, "Half Past Dead," with Steven Segal. The film, which was the fifth biggest at the box office over the weekend, stars Kurupt as convict named Twitch.

"Twitch is a fool, and he has got this real smart mouth," Kurupt explained in statement. "I read the script, and I just loved the role. That was the basis of it."

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


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