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American artists snag MTV Europe Awards; 311 hits town

The Scoop

By Keenan Singleton

Our silly friends across the Atlantic Ocean held the MTV European Music Awards show last week in Dublin, Ireland.

The show was dubbed as a true global awards show, which I have no problem with -- but most of the award winners were American artists.

Will Smith received the best male award. Why? Big Willie Style was released way back in 1997, and Willennium came out after the taping of the show.

Latin-pop diva Jennifer Lopez didn't garner any awards (thankfully) but she was a nominee for the Best R&B category. Bobby Brown's better half, Whitney Houston, took home the award.


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Globally popular band Offspring took home an award for Best Rock Group at the MTV Europe Awards in Dublin, Ireland.

The Best Rock nominees included neo-classic rocker Lenny Kravitz, harder-than-rock group Marilyn Manson, California rockers Offspring (the eventual winner) and the recently reunited Red Hot Chili Peppers.

And I almost forgot, The Cardigans. The Cardigans? Yes, the Nordic pop group actually secured a spot in the rock category.

See these CDs

Guns N' Roses, the supreme rock band of the '80s, wants everyone to relive the era when big hair and spandex were the norm with its newest release, Guns N' Roses: Live Era '87-'93.

The double-disc live effort will feature hits from albums Appetite for Destruction, G N'R Lies and Use Your Illusion I & II.

Look for the hummable hits, "Welcome to the Jungle," "Paradise City," "November Rain," as well as a cover of Black Sabbath's "It's Alright."

Its latest single, "Oh My God" without guitarist-deity Slash, can be found on the End Of Days soundtrack.

Q-Tip, of the recently disbanded rap group A Tribe Called Quest, debuts with a solo album, Amplified this week.

The insanely popular single "Vivrant Thing" singed the charts with its lively beat and a sound that diehard ATCQ fans weren't accustomed to.

The remix to "Vivrant Thing," featuring Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliot, is in radio rotation now and look for the next single, "Breathe and Stop," in the coming weeks.

New school R&B crooner Sisqo of Dru Hill fame will release Unleash the Dragon. Guests include Elton John, Babyface and Montell Jordan.

Rakim, the preeminent lyricist (living or deceased) in hip-hop, drops the follow-up to The Eighteenth Letter this week.

The disc titled The Master, is his second album without former partner, Eric B.

Concerts

Rock-reggae-funk-rap band 311 will perform a sold-out Numbers show at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5.

Honky-tonk rocker Jimmy Buffet with the Coral Reefer Band will bring his often indescribable sound to Houston, 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Compaq Center.

Former David Lee Roth bandmate/guitar virtuoso Steve Vai, along with Eric Sardinas, will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at Numbers.

Anti-everything group Rage Against the Machine, with rap veterans Gang Starr, will perform 8 p.m. Friday at the Compaq Center.

Not coming to a theater near you

Sorry kids, but no movies will premiere next week. However, I will tell you movies to look for in the coming weeks.

Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo starring Rob Schneider as a male gigolo is sure to be a hit.


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Tom Hanks (left), Michael Clarke Duncan (center) and David Morse (right) walk the Green Mile in a remarkable story of hope and forgiveness set on Death Row in a southern prison in 1935.

The Green Mile is an early Oscar favorite for best movie. It stars Tom Hanks and is directed by Frank Darabont, who directed Shawshank Redemption.

An updated version of the The King and I, titled Anna and the King stars Jodie Foster.

The man-of-a-thousand-faces, Robin Williams, will star in Bicentennial Man.

Finally, bonafide star Matt Damon will portray Mr. Ripley in the remake of The Talented Mr. Ripley.
 

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