News on Dove Awards, Michael W. Smith, Vince Gill, Brian Wilson, Carly Simon, Eminem, Tangerine Dream
Singer Michael W. Smith will host the Dove Awards for Christian music, to be presented April 26 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. The ceremony will be broadcast April 28 on Pax TV and May 4 on WGN-TV.
"This is a wonderful step in the journey we've taken from syndication -- where the show has been hard to find and in unfavorable time slots -- to the ultimate goal of a network licensing deal," said Frank Breeden, Gospel Music Association president.
Since the show will take place on a Thursday, airing it live is less attractive to cable networks in competition with such blockbuster programming as "Survivor" and "Friends" on the major networks, Breeden said.
Country star Vince Gill has joined the line-up of TNT's "An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson." As previously reported, the event will take place next Thursday (March 29) at New York's Radio City Music Hall. It will include performances by Elton John, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Ricky Martin, Jimmy Webb, Aimee Mann & Michael Penn, Matthew Sweet, the Go-Gos, Hootie & the Blowfish's Darius Rucker, Heart's Ann & Nancy Wilson, Evan & Jaron, the Harlem Boys Choir, and the Radio City Orchestra. An appearance by Carly Simon is also rumored, although her participation has not been confirmed. Beatles producer George Martin, actor Dennis Hopper, and filmmaker Cameron Crowe will present segments of the show, and Phil Ramone is serving as music producer of the event, which will include a start-to-finish performance of Wilson's masterpiece "Pet Sounds." The special is slated to air this summer on TNT.