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Saturday
Oct252014

Gloriana's Rachel Reinert Drew on Real-Life Betrayal to Perform Their New Single, "Trouble"

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleGloriana's Rachel Reinert didn't have to get into character to sing the trio's latest single, "Trouble," since the song came from her real-life experience. Rachel co-wrote the song with band mate Mike Gossin about an ex-boyfriend who cheated on her about two years ago.

Rachel tells ABC News Radio, "We dated for a couple years. I ended up finding out that he was cheating on me, which I did suspect. He, of course, lied about it, which, shocker, right?"

Like anybody, Rachel can be nice and sweet, but it's a different story when a guy does her wrong.

"If you cross me, then then I'm gonna make you pay for it," Rachel adds.

Mike and Gloriana's third member, Tom Gossin, had a bad feeling about Rachel's ex-boyfriend from the start, though.

Says Mike, "We had suspicions about this guy, I'll leave it at that, that he was not the best fit for her."

It was Mike who suggested Rachel channel her anger about the cheating into a song, and that's how "Trouble" was born. He's now very proud of her for being open and honest about what she went through.

Mike explains, "The fact that she was cool enough to put down that wall and open herself up and put herself out there -- tell her story for people to hear and to relate to and hopefully help through a cheating situation, whether it's boy or girl, I think, is the best part of the whole situation."

Gloriana's new single, "Trouble," hits the airwaves soon.


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Saturday
Oct252014

U2 Says "Songs of Innocence" First in a Trilogy of Albums

Image Courtesy of Interscope RecordsIt took a while for U2 to finish off their latest album, Songs of Innocence, but it doesn't seem like we'll have to wait as long for a follow-up

Bono tells Rolling Stone in a new cover story that the band has planned a follow-up to Songs of Innocence, entitled Songs of Experience, which he hopes will be released in the next 18 months.

"We're hoping Songs of Experience will be less about intimacy," adds bassist Adam Clayton. "And more about a celebration of sorts."

In addition, Bono says that Songs of Ascent, which was originally announced in 2009 as a follow up to No Line on the Horizon, will also be released, forming a trilogy of sorts with Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience.

"Songs of Ascent will come," he says. "And there are some beautiful songs."

Elsewhere in the interview, Bono reveals that although the band used various producers for the final version of Songs of Innocence, including Danger Mouse, there is a version of Songs of Innocence that was fully produced by Danger Mouse, who is a member of Broken Bells and has worked with The Black Keys.  He also admits that he once had an argument with the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs that included the words "go f**k yourself."  

"I had a tantrum, like a child," Bono says, adding that he ultimately reconciled with Jobs before Jobs' death.

You can read the entire interview in the October 24 issue of Rolling Stone.


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Saturday
Oct252014

Carlos Santana & Son Playing National Anthem at Tonight's World Series Game

Maryanne Bilham/RCA RecordsJust a reminder that Carlos Santana will be playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" tonight before Game Four of the 2014 World Series between his hometown San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals.  The guitar legend will perform an instrumental version of the national anthem accompanied by his son Salvador.

The game, which will take place at San Francisco's AT&T Park, will air on Fox starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, Santana's latest studio effort, Corazon, his first Spanish-language album, recently picked up a 2014 Latin Grammy Award nomination in the Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album category.  In addition, the guitarist's Corazón: Live from Mexico -- Live It to Believe It concert documentary received a nod for the Best Long Form Music Video.  This year's ceremony will be held on November 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Area in Las Vegas, and will be broadcast live on the Univision Network at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.


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Saturday
Oct252014

Kem Admits Having a Wife Would Make His Life Easier

Image Courtesy Anthony Mandler/UniversalKem is now preparing for his Promise to Love - Part One tour, and since he spends much of his time away from home, he says he would love to have a wife to ease the burden of being a single father with two daughters.

He tells Essence, “The future Mrs. Kem can help me carry the load. She has to have my back.” He adds, “She would have to be my partner and be able to hold it down if I can’t. She also has to have a good relationship with my kids. You can’t make people get along, but she has to respect my fatherhood.”

Kem’s oldest daughter, Troi, is 19 years old, and he says she advises him on his love life.

“She has her opinions about who I’m in relationships with and who may or may not be good for me and why or why not.” He continues, “There’s value in her perspective because she sees me in a way that others don’t see me in and I don’t even see myself in. I appreciate her input.”

Kem kicks off his tour November 14 in Tampa, Florida with Joe performing as his opening act.


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Saturday
Oct252014

Iggy Azalea Copes with Jim Carrey's Hip-Hop Humor in "Saturday Night Live" Promos

ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Azalea is the musical guest for this weekend’s Saturday Night Live, hosted by Jim Carrey, and she can’t hold her laughter as he assumes the identity of rapper “J. Care” in one of the show's video promos. With a chest full of gold chains, Carrey has the TV crew roaring as his gold grill drops out of his mouth while he was “dropping mad rhymes and jokes.”

Azalea announces, “It’s going to be a Halloween-themed party bash,” and he tells her what is really scary is, “Trying to love me.” The Dumb and Dumber To star also has fun with various pronunciations of her name.

Azalea will perform her new single “Beg for It” with . Saturday Night Live airs 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

Reclassified, an expanded reissue of Iggy's debut album, The New Classic, is now available for pre-order and will be released November 24.


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Saturday
Oct252014

Faces Keyboardist Ian McLagan to Perform at Select Dates on Nick Lowe's Holiday Tour

Jim Chapin; Dan Burn-FortiIt looks like Ian McLagan will be a very busy musician for the rest of the year.  The famed Faces and Small Faces keyboardist, who currently is out on a U.S. headlining tour in support of his latest solo album, United States, has been tapped to be a support act for most of the shows on Nick Lowe's forthcoming holiday trek.

Lowe's outing will promote the veteran singer/songwriter's 2013 Christmas album, Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family.  The 13-date stateside tour is scheduled to run from a December 3 show Minneapolis through a December 20 concert in Brooklyn, New York.  The gigs will feature Lowe playing a mix of his classic songs alongside various holiday-themed tunes.

So far, McLagan is only confirmed to appear at five of the announced shows, but is expected to join the bill at more stops.  Meanwhile, Ian has eight upcoming concerts of his own. His itinerary runs from a show Saturday night in New Haven, Connecticut, through a November 20 visit to The Woodlands, Texas.  At all of these dates, McLagan will be accompanied by bassist Jon Notarthomas of his longtime backing group The Bump Band.

Here are McLagan's upcoming headlining dates:

10/25 -- New Haven, CT, Cafe Nine
10/27 -- Lexington, KY, Woodsongs Radio Hour
10/29 -- Newport, KY, Southgate House Revival - Sanctuary
10/30 -- Berwyn, IL, Fitzgerald's Nightclub
10/31 -- Des Moines, IA, Vaudeville Mews
11/1 -- Oklahoma City, OK, The Blue Door
11/20 -- The Woodlands, TX, Dosey Doe

Here are Nick Lowe's holiday concerts:

12/3 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
*12/4 -- Madison, WI, Barrymore Theater
12/6 -- Chicago, Old Town School of Folk Music
12/7 -- Chicago, Old Town School of Folk Music
*12/9 -- Ann Arbor, MI, The Ark
*12/10 -- Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballroom
12/12 -- Alexandria, VA, Birchmere Music Hall
12/13 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Theater
12/14 -- New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom
12/16 -- Boston, MA, Paradise
*12/17 -- Fall River, MA, Narrows Center for the Arts
*12/19 -- Albany, NY, Swyer Theater at The Egg
12/20 -- Brooklyn, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg

* = McLagan also confirmed to perform.


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Saturday
Oct252014

Happy 30th Birthday, Katy Perry!

Credit: Christie GoodwinKaty Perry turns 30 Saturday, and according to reports, she'll be spending her big day with her friends and her crew in Morocco -- and possibly scarfing down a cake covered in Betty Crocker Rainbow Chip frosting.  But whether or not the singer actually feels 30 is a different matter.

"I still feel 13 on the inside," Katy told People magazine back in July. "I think you see a lot of my [inner] child in the show onstage.  I tweeted the other day, 'Sometimes it's hard being a child in this adult body.'"  But Katy did say that she had some serious goals for the next decade of her life.

"I just want to be able to continue to stay self-aware and as unaffected as possible," she says. "I just want to stay authentic and keep dreaming my dreams."

Since 2008, when her single "I Kissed a Girl" hit #1, Katy's life has indeed been a dream, teenage or otherwise.  Yes, things haven't exactly worked out for her in the romance department -- her marriage to Russell Brand ended in divorce, and she split with boyfriend John Mayer earlier this year -- but career-wise, things couldn't be better. 

Among Katy's achievements: she's scored nine #1 hits and is currently the best-selling digital artist of all time, with over 72 million singles sold worldwide.  While a Grammy has eluded her, she's won multiple American Music Awards, People's Choice Awards, Billboard Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards.

In addition, Katy has headlined sold-out world tours, appeared in movies and on TV, signed lucrative endorsement deals with companies like Cover Girl, launched several perfumes and a line of accessories, and has done extensive charity work.  She's also inspired millions of fans, whom she calls "Katycats," with her empowering anthems, such as "Roar" and "Firework."

Katy will resume her PRISMATIC world tour November 7 in Australia, and wrap things up for the year December 20 in Auckland, New Zealand.  She's rumored to be performing at Super Bowl halftime in February, though that has yet to be officially confirmed.  Her tour will pick back up again February 16 in Barcelona, Spain.


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Friday
Oct242014

Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Croon "Cheek to Cheek LIVE!" on PBS Tonight 

Courtesy of Joseph SinnottEven if you didn't get tickets to see Lady Gaga on her current tour, you can check her out on PBS tonight. 

Debuting tonight at 9 p.m. ET, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett star in Cheek to Cheek LIVE!, a presentation of PBS' Great Performances series.  Taped at New York City back in July, the special finds Gaga and Bennett running through the material on their #1 standards album Cheek to Cheek. 

But just because it's an album of jazz duets doesn't mean it's sedate:  Gaga runs through a variety of crazy costumes and wigs while singing with the 88-year-old music legend.

Gaga tweeted, "Don't forget to make your plans for tonight! 9pm EST dinner parties, , wine, food, Tony, Gaga. This is my most favorite TV moment! Ever!"

Here's the set list for tonight's show:

“Anything Goes” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)
“Cheek to Cheek” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)
“Nature Boy” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)
“How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” (Tony Bennett)
“Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” (Lady Gaga)
“Firefly” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)
“I Won’t Dance” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)
“I Can’t Give You Anything but Love” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)
“Lush Life” (Lady Gaga)
“Sophisticated Lady” (Tony Bennett)
“Let’s Face the Music and Dance” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)
“But Beautiful” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)
“It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” (Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)


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Friday
Oct242014

Chaka Khan Performs Tribute to Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire

PAUL BERGEN/AFP/Getty ImagesChaka Khan will perform a tribute to the founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White,  tonight during the 13th annual “A Great Night in Harlem” at the Apollo Theater in New York City. The event is a fundraiser for Quincy Jones’ Jazz Foundation of America which assists needy musicians around the country.

White’s brother, Earth, Wind & Fire bass player Verdine White, will participate in the tribute along with Questlove from The Roots and Ray Parker Jr.  EW&F released its first Christmas album, Holiday, on Tuesday.

Jones will also present the foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award to jazz pianist Herbie Hancock.


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Friday
Oct242014

Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Ness, Kathleen Hanna and Brody Dalle Cover Joan Jett at Charity Event

Image Courtesy of Mark Jaworski Studios/Little Kids RockJoan Jett was the woman of the hour Thursday night at the sixth annual Little Kids Rock benefit gala, where she was honored with the organization's 2014 Rocker of the Year award. The event, at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, was highlighted by a star-packed tribute to Jett that featured several performances by Joan herself. 

The all-star lineup included Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Social Distortion's Mike Ness, Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna and Brody Dalle.

Ness and Dalle covered "Love is Pain" and "Victim of Circumstance," respectively, and Hanna was joined by Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys for rendition of "Fake Friends."

Armstrong covered Jett alongside the Rocker of the Year herself. The duo performed "Don't Abuse Me," from Jett's debut solo album, Bad Reputation.

Jett and Armstrong are both among the nominees up for potential induction into the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 -- Armstrong with Green Day and Jett with her band The Blackhearts. Perhaps if they both are inducted, we'll see them perform together once more.


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Friday
Oct242014

Usher on Justin Bieber: "I'm Not Happy with All the Choices [He's] Made"

Courtesy: BillboardUsher is usually diplomatic when it comes to his one-time protege Justin Bieber and the Biebs' recent troubles.  But in his new cover story for Billboard, the singer admits he's not that pleased with Justin's behavior lately.

"Our relationship is more man-to-man now," he tells Billboard. "He's making his own decisions and it's important to show support. I can say I'm not happy with all the choices my friend has made, but I'm supportive of him. I try my hardest to give as much positive reinforcement as I can. I'll punch him in the f***ing chest when I need to, and give him a hug and kiss when I need to. It's more than just mentoring. I love the kid."

Usher also talks about his album, which was supposed to have come out this fall, but which has been indefinitely pushed back.  "I just ain't ready," he says. "Meaning I have more that I want to say and more that I want to do. My process is pretty different. L.A. Reid will tell you, it takes two albums to make one with Usher."


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Friday
Oct242014

Usher Says Living with Puff Daddy Inspired His Success

Image Courtesy BillboardUsher is celebrating his 20th anniversary as a recording artist, and as he reflects on his career, he says recording his first album at the age of 16 with Puff Daddy and living with him was one of the keys to his success.

"My time with Puff, it gave me chutzpah,” Usher says in the Billboard cover story. “I got to perform onstage with The Notorious B.I.G., be in sessions with him and Craig Mack,” he recalls. “I got to be part of the driving force that was Bad Boy, that was Puff."

Usher will kick off his “UR Experience” tour November 1 in Montreal, Canada.  The North American leg will run for 27 dates through December 14 in Tampa. FL.

"This will be one of my free-est tours," he says. "I'm singing love songs that went on to be baby-makers -- and now the babies are in the audience,” he says with a laugh. “Talk about a family reunion."

The eight-time Grammy Award winner also opens up about his relationship with his girlfriend, Grace Miguel, who's also his manager.

"One thing that has come from having a great partner like Grace is being able to cherish the places that I've gone," he says. "We see the monumental sites, go to the museums, eat in the best restaurants. I'm that guy now. In the past I'd do what I have to do and get on the bus to the next city. Life has become a vacation."


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Friday
Oct242014

Nicki Minaj Takes Over the World in MTV EMAs Promo

ABC/Fred LeeNicki Minaj is hosting the MTV Europe Music Awards on November 9 in Glasgow, Scotland, and in the new promo, she becomes queen of the world following the show.

In the fantasy clip, Nicki's face is featured on dollar bills, MTV becomes NTV (Nicki Television), Nick at Night is renamed Nicki at Night, and “Anaconda” is produced as an opera. She receives the key to the world, and her image is everywhere, including on food, video games and laundry detergent.

Her Minajesty will also perform on the show, and she’s nominated for four awards: Best Female Artist, Best Look, Best Hip-Hop Artist, and Biggest Fans.


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Friday
Oct242014

The Band Perry Teaches Master Class for Aspiring Musicians at Nashville's Belmont University

Image Courtesy Splash! PRThe Band Perry recently gave a Master Class for aspiring musicians at Belmont University's School of Music in Nashville. During the hour-long event, The Band Perry's Reid, Neil and Kimberly Perry shared stories of playing shopping malls, campgrounds and campsites while trying to make it as performers. They also stressed the importance of a strong work ethic and a good support system for those trying to make it in the music business.

The sibling trio also took questions from the students in the audience before serenading them with an acoustic version of their signature hit, "If I Die Young."


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Friday
Oct242014

Ray Davies Says Conflict Between Brother and Drummer Mick Avory Could Quash Kinks Reunion

Decca Label GroupRecent comments from The Kinks' Ray and Dave Davies have suggested that the contentious siblings are finally close to agreeing on doing a new project together in the coming year. NowRay now has revealed a major roadblock is standing in the way of a band reunion.

The 70-year-old singer/songwriter tells U.K. newspaper The Telegraph that the obstacle to reunion is Dave's refusal to play with the group's founding drummer, Mick Avory.

"I really can't play with my brother as that name, The Kinks, and not have Mick in," explains Ray.  "Mick will work with him but Dave doesn't want to work with Mick.  Sibling rivalry is nothing on their rivalry.  I have no idea what's wrong with them."

Ray and Dave's animosity toward each other has been well documented, but Dave and Mick's mutual dislike goes way back as well.  They've reportedly come to blows on numerous occasions dating at least as far back as 1965.

Asked whether the disagreement was impossible to overcome, Ray answered, "Yeah.  This week it is."

Meanwhile, Ray's complicated relationship with his brother is one of the focal points of the stage musical he wrote based on The Kinks' early years.  Titled Sunny Afternoon, it opened recently on London's West End.

Ray describes the production as "a song cycle about two lads who didn't really fit together." He adds, "I never really had a relationship with my brother in a normal way.  But what's wonderful is the telepathy we have.  Or did have."

Sunny Afternoon is playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre through January 31, 2015.


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Friday
Oct242014

Drake Celebrates 28th Birthday in New York City with PARTYNEXTDOOR

Image Courtesy Eric McCandless/CBSDrake turns 28 years today, and Thursday night he celebrated with his protégé PARTYNEXTDOOR at the S.O.B.’s nightclub in New York City.

According to Rap-Up.com, they hit the stage together to perform “Recognize” from the OVO Sound signee's new album, PARTYNEXTDOOR 2. PND is also from Canada, and Drake said to him on stage, "It’s moments like tonight that you’ll never forget, my man.” He added, “Even though it’s my birthday at midnight, I just want to let you know that I’m proud to be here with this guy, ’cause it’s your night tonight, boy.”

They also performed together on October 19 at the kickoff of PND tour in Montreal, Canada.


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Friday
Oct242014

Mariah & Nick's Kids Unaffected by Their Parents' Split, Says Nick

Angela Weiss/WireImageMariah Carey and Nick Cannon's marriage may be on the way to being over, but their split hasn't affected their twins at all, according to Nick.

Appearing on Friday's Meredith Vieira Show, Nick said of twins Moroccan and Monroe -- affectionately referred to as "dem babies" -- "They're just happy. They love mommy.  They love daddy."  That's because, as Nick explained, the kids are used to one of their parents or the other being gone for long periods of time.

"We have always been people who have been on the go, coming and going, their life hasn't changed one bit," Nick told Vieira. "We spend holidays together, we do everything that we are supposed to do together as a family."

Nick also decried the media's coverage of his and Mariah's marital issues, saying, "You know, the media, they can say whatever they want to say and obviously, because you are not giving them anything...they kind of create all these stories and make it way worse than it actually is." 

Asked to name a particular rumor that irks him, Nick said, "You know what I heard the other day? I heard that there's a family dispute over our eight dogs!"  He added that what's needed now is for him and Mariah to ignore the distractions and just be "focused on family and what's right and getting through these times and doing what's right for the kids, so that's just where we are."

The twins are currently with Mariah as she tours Asia.


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Friday
Oct242014

Lorde -- Big Surprise -- Wins Best New Zealand Act at 2014 MTV EMAs 

ABC/Lou RoccoThe 2014 MTV European Music Awards will be held on November 10, but some preliminary winners have already been announced.  Lorde is one of them.

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Lorde has been named Best New Zealand Act at the MTV EMAs.  She now has the opportunity to compete against artists from many different countries in the Worldwide Act category.  That winner will be announced when the show airs on MTV from Glasgow, Scotland on November 10.  Among the competition: Justin Bieber, representing Canada, and Fifth Harmony, representing the U.S.

Voting for the final 10 nominees in the Worldwide Act category is open through October 30.  They'll be revealed on October 31.

Nicki Minaj is hosting this year's MTV EMAs and she'll also perform, along with Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Charli XCX, Kiesza, and Calvin Harris.


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Friday
Oct242014

Report: Orchestral Version of The Who's "Quadrophenia" Due Next Year

Geffen/Universal MusicPete Townshend is working on an orchestral version of The Who's classic 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia that will be released next year.  Information about the new project was reported on the official website of the London Oriana Choir, which recorded backing vocals for the album Thursday night at London's AIR Studios.

According to the message, Townshend will be featured on the record alongside famous British tenor Alfie Boe, with accompaniment from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  Pete's longtime partner, Rachel Fuller, was responsible for orchestrating the songs, with help from the choir's Martin Batchelar.

Townshend was in attendance for Thursday's recording session and reportedly told the choral group that he was "surprisingly pleased" its performance and excited about how the project is coming together.

A note on the choir's Twitter feed reports that a concert celebrating the orchestral Quadrophenia album's release is scheduled to be held at London's Royal Albert Hall on July 5, 2015, and that tickets for the show will go on sale early next year.

Incidentally, AIR Studios has been the site of recordings sessions for several of Townshend's solo albums, including Empty Glass, All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes, and White City: A Novel.


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Friday
Oct242014

Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Coldplay to Perform at First-Ever BBC Music Awards

Credit: Ben WattsJust what we need: another music awards ceremony.  The first-ever BBC Music Awards will take place December 11 in London, the BBC announced, with One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Clean Bandit, and Calvin Harris among the artists scheduled to perform. 

"It's an incredible lineup and we're honored to be part of it," said Coldplay's Chris Martin.

Awards will be handed out in categories like Best British and Best International Artist of the Year, and the fan-voted Best Song of the Year.  The show will air live on BBC Radio 1 and 2.  So far, there are no plans to simulcast it in the U.S.

 
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