Billboard Bits: AMAs, They Might Be Giants, Ricky Scaggs
News on the American Music Awards, They Might Be Giants' new video, and Ricky Scaggs.Voting for the American Music Awards' Internet artist of the year honor ends Monday (Jan. 8). Fans can vote for boy band 'N Sync, rapper Eminem, teen queen Britney Spears, rockers Creed, R&B chart toppers Destiny's Child, or crossover country diva Faith Hill. Janet Jackson will receive the 28th special award of merit for "her finely crafted, critically acclaimed and socially conscious, multi-platinum albums." Previous winners of the award include Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Little Richard, Whitney Houston, Prince, Billy Joel, and Gloria Estefan. Hosted by Britney Spears and L.L. Cool J, the AMAs take place Monday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast live on ABC television beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
The video for "The Boss Of Me," They Might Be Giants' theme song to the hit Fox television series "Malcolm In The Middle," will receive its world premiere Sunday (Jan. 7) prior to the show's airing at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. According to a spokesperson for the band, Fox will extensively promote the premiere throughout the weekend. "The Boss Of Me" is the first single from the Restless soundtrack to the series. Due out Feb. 6, the set also features cuts from Barenaked Ladies, Hanson, Travis, the Dust Brothers, and others. As previously reported, TMBG last month signed a long-term deal with Restless.
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder are taking their act to television. They plan to record interviews and perform live for a Family Net special taping Monday (Jan. 8) night at Nashville's Gibson Bluegrass Cafe. The show will focus on the country singer's first gospel album, "Soldier of the Cross" (Skaggs Family Records). The gospel duo The Whites also will take part, singing songs from their album "A Lifetime in the Making," along with their Ceili Music labelmates Jerry and Tammy Sullivan, who will perform tunes from their latest release, "Tomorrow." (Associated Press) Copyright 2001 Billboard.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. AP contributed to this report.Z