Gwen Stefani was recently nominated for five Grammy Awards and she now has more good news to share. The 36-year-old lead singer of No Doubt and solo recording star is expecting her first child with husband Gavin Rossdale. Gwen and Gavin dated for six years before marrying in September 2002. The baby is due next June.
On December 25, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida hosted its 19th annual Christmas Day Parade. Joining in the festivities were third season American Idol Fantasia, Country group Lonestar, the Brian Setzer Orchestra and Vanessa Williams, among others. Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa hosted the parade and American Idol host Ryan Secrest was on the west coast to emcee special performances at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. The show aired live on ABC-TV.
CBS-TV will broadcast this year's Kennedy Center Honors on December 27. The awards were presented to Robert Redford, Tina Turner, Suzanne Farrell, Julie Harris and Tony Bennett during a dinner and gala the weekend of December 3 and 4.
On December 31, Matchbox Twenty will play the first of two New Year's shows at the Joint in Las Vegas. Guitarist Kyle Cook told Billboard.com, "We're at a time when everybody is doing a lot of different music, but the opportunity arose and (lead singer) Rob (Thomas) was available to do it, so we can get the machine fired up again." Two years ago, the rock group members took a break from Matchbox Twenty to pursue solo projects. Cook also hinted that the group might record a new studio album, which would mark their first since 2002's "More Than You Think You Are."
Dick Clark will return to host ABC-TV's 34th annual "New Year's Rockin' Eve" special. Clark cancelled his duties at last year's event in order to recuperate from a minor stroke he suffered in early December 2004. This New Year's Eve, Ryan Secrest will join him at New York's Times Square. Artists scheduled to help ring in 2006 during the show include Mariah Carey, Sean Paul, Chris Brown, Sugarland, 3 Doors Down, The Bangles and 311.
U2's lead singer Bono has been named one of Time magazine's 2005 Persons of the Year. According to the magazine, Bono received the honor because he "charmed and bullied and morally blackmailed the leaders of the world's richest countries into forgiving $40 billion in debt owed by the poorest." Time also chose Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda as 2005 Persons of the Year.
The United Negro College Fund will pay tribute to Stevie Wonder during its annual televised fundraiser, which will air on more than 65 markets January 6 through January 8. The four-hour program, "An Evening of Stars Tribute To Stevie Wonder," features appearances by India.Arie, KEM, Toni Braxton, Smokey Robinson, Yolanda Adams, Quincy Jones, and many others.
TOUR DATES AND INFORMATION
The Backstreet Boys will begin a Pacific Rim tour with shows on January 7 and January 8 in Tokyo, Japan. Concerts are also scheduled in South Korea, China, Thailand and Singapore. The vocal group will then head to Australia for performances in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne, which will take place January 28 through February 2.