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Music News: Usher Top Winner at Teen Choice Awards; Hill a Hit in Vegas - 2004-08-19


Elton John, Toby Keith and Destiny's Child will take part in the National Football League's Opening Kickoff show. The event will air on ABC-TV September 9. The NFL's first game of the season between the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots will immediately follow the concert special.

Faith Hill performed many of her biggest hits during her four-night engagement at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas last week. The Country/pop star also treated the near-capacity audiences to two new songs, "Paris" and "Everything's A-OK in the U.S.A." Faith opened the concerts with "Let's Go To Vegas" from her 1995 album It Matters To Me. Her husband, Country superstar Tim McGraw, joined her on stage for the first of three encores to perform their 1999 Top 10 duet "Let's Make Love." Warner Brothers Records will release Faith's new studio album later this year.

William Hung, the American Idol contestant who was rejected but won the hearts of the American public, will record another album. Koch Records released his debut CD, Inspiration, in April of this year. During Hung's tour of Asia, which included a stop in his native Hong Kong, he announced that his next project will be a Christmas album, due out in time for the holidays.

Several artists are recovering from serious medical conditions. Dave Davies, 57, of the legendary rock band The Kinks suffered a stroke on June 30 and is still hospitalized with paralysis on his right side. Doctors expect him to spend several more weeks in the hospital before beginning physical therapy. The Isley Brothers' Ronald Isley suffered a minor stroke in London last month and is recovering at home in St. Louis, Missouri. William Lee Golden, 65, a founding member of The Oak Ridge Boys was on tour in Wisconsin when he experienced chest pains. The hospital's diagnosis was a minor heart attack. The group's publicist says the singer is expected to make a full recovery in four to six weeks. And, former Eagles bassist Randy Meisner was rushed to a Burbank, California hospital on August 6 with chest pains. His manager Kevin White says he's resting comfortably and added no other details about his condition.

AWARDS PRESENTATIONS/WINNERS:

R. Kelly led the winners at the 2004 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, which took place on August 6. He won seven of his eight nominations, including Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Single and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Single (Airplay) for "Step in the Name of Love," Top R&B/Hip-Hop Producer and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songwriter. OutKast won four awards. The duo earned trophies for Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album and Top Rap Album for Speakerboxx/The Love Below, Top Albums Artist and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Duo. Beyonce was named Top R&B/Hip-Hop Female Artist and Top New Artist.

The 2004 Teen Choice Awards were presented on August 8 in Los Angeles. Usher was the top winner in the music categories. The rhythm and blues star won four awards, including the Favorite Album award for Confessions. He was also named Favorite R&B Artist. Rock group Blink-182 won the honors for Favorite Love Song for "I Miss You" and shared the Favorite Tour award with No Doubt, which has spent the summer on the road with the band. The Teens Choice Award for Favorite Single went to Britney Spears for "Toxic" and Ashlee Simpson took home the Favorite Summer Song trophy for "Pieces of Me." Ashlee also received the Fresh Face award.

Nominations for this year's Canadian Country Music Association Awards (CCMAs) have been announced. Carolyn Dawn Johnson leads the contenders with six nods, followed by Doc Walker and Jason McCoy with five mentions, and Terri Clark, Aaron Pritchett and Beverley Mahood with four apiece. The only fan-voted category, Fans Choice Award, includes Shania Twain, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Doc Walker, Jason McCoy and Terri Clark. The CCMA's will be handed out on September 13 in Edmonton, Alberta. Cable music channel CMT (Country Music Television) will broadcast the show live in the U.S.

LOOK WHO'S GOING ON TOUR!

Bruce Springsteen, the Dixie Chicks, R.E.M., Pearl Jam and the Dave Matthews Band are among the artists taking part in the Vote For Change tour, scheduled for October 1-8. The 34-city, 9-state trek will feature various groupings of acts in each city. John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Keb' Mo' are also scheduled to perform. Springsteen told USA Today, "I've got 25 years of credibility built up, and this isn't something I've moved into lightly. But this is the one where you spend some of that credibility. It's an emergency intervention." R.E.M.'s Mike Mills said, "The purpose of this tour is to make John Kerry the next president. And in doing so, we'll unseat the guy who's got to go down as the worst president in the history of this country." The tour will begin in Pennsylvania and continue in Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, Minnesota and Florida.

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