Billboard Bits: Grammys, Chris Robinson, And More
Grammy Awards . . . Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson weds actress Kate Hudson . . . Australia to honor successful musicians.Nominees for the 43rd annual Grammy Awards will be announced tomorrow (Jan. 3) at 8:15 a.m. PT at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Along with Recording Academy president/CEO Michael Greene, artists Destiny's Child, Shelby Lynne, Nelly, 'N Sync member J. C. Chasez, Sisqo, and Toni Braxton, as well as producer David Foster, are expected to be on hand to reveal the nominees. The Grammy Awards will be presented Feb. 21 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and broadcast on CBS.
Black Crowes lead singer Chris Robinson, 34, married "Almost Famous" star Kate Hudson, the 21-year-old daughter of actress Goldie Hawn, on New Year's Eve. The couple exchanged wedding vows during a ceremony in Aspen, Colo., Hudson spokesman Brad Cafarelli said. Actor Kurt Russell, Hawn's longtime boyfriend, gave away the bride. The Black Crowes spent a good part of 2000 on the road with legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. Final dates of a North American tour, as well as a planned European run, were canceled after Page aggravated a chronic back ailment. The band's debut V2 album is due for a spring release. (AP)
Australia Post will on March 20 issue a series of stamps honoring some of the country's most successful musicians. Each stamp will feature the artwork of a hit single, including Men At Work's 1981 hit "Down Under," INXS' 1984 single "Original Sin," Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over" (1988), and Savage Garden's "Truly Madly Deeply" (1997). Also featured will be Midnight Oil, Yothu Yindi, and Cold Chisel. A compilation CD featuring each of the artists represented by the stamps will be released concurrent with the series. Copyright 2001 Billboard.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. AP contributed to this report.