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'American Idol' Charity Drive Brings America to Tears

26 April 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Tears of joy and sadness flowed in the US last night as American Idol highlighted the plight of poverty-stricken kids in Africa and America. The TV talent contest became a charity drive for two hours when pop, rock and movie stars filmed special messages, videos and performed live in a bid to highlight charity organization One: The Campaign To Make Poverty History. Among the highlights was a moving rendition of West Side Story love theme Somewhere from opera quartet Il Divo, who performed as images of children blowing out candles were beamed onto a huge screen behind them. Former Idol winner Carrie Underwood also helped hammer home the emotion of child poverty when she shot a video of herself performing The Pretenders' "I'll Stand By You" to a group of African schoolchildren. The video, filmed especially for the show, also featured the singer visiting an African graveyard with a young local. Another Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson, performed gospel standard "Up To The Mountain" with British guitar great Jeff Beck. But the night's musical highlight came as opera star Josh Groban performed "You Lift Me Up" with the African Children's Choir. The charity special also had a host of comedy moments - Jack Black performed Seal's "Kiss From A Rose" and was critiqued by the British singer himself, while funnyman Ben Stiller had viewers covering their ears as he attempted to raise charity cash by crooning the Little River Band's "Reminiscing" on the TV special. In a taped video message, the funnyman insisted he wouldn't stop singing until viewers of the show raised $2 billion for anti-poverty charities. And stars like Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Teri Hatcher, Gwyneth Paltrow and Oscar winner Helen Mirren lip-synced a hilarious video version of The Bee Gees' "Staying Alive." »

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'Idol' getting charitable with special

9 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Fox and its hit series "American Idol" have teamed with the Charity Projects Entertainment Fund on a star-studded two-night special designed to raise awareness and funds for poverty-relief organizations that help children and young people in the U.S. and Africa.

Among the celebrities set to perform during the special, dubbed "Idol Gives Back", are Gwen Stefani, Pink, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Annie Lennox and Il Divo. U2's Bono also is expected to perform, and Sacha Baron Cohen will appear in character as Borat.

During the April 24 episodes, airing from 8-9 p.m., the top six finalists will sing songs about compassion and hope; for every vote cast via phone or text message, "Idol" sponsors Coca-Cola, AT&T and others will donate money to charity. The expanded results show, airing from 8-10 p.m. April 25, will feature the celebrities taking the stage. During that episode, viewers will be able to make their own donations via toll-free lines and the Internet. The Ford Motor Co. »

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Junos noms to Talent, k-os, Furtado

7 February 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

TORONTO -- Canadian recording artists Billy Talent, k-os and Nelly Furtado on Tuesday led the field with five nominations each for the Junos, Canada's music awards.

Furtado, who will host the Junos on April 1 from Saskatoon, was nominated for best single and best album and in the Fan Choice Award category, where she will compete against fellow Canadian artists Gregory Charles, Michael Buble, Nickelback and Sarah McLachlan.

Canadian rock band Billy Talent also earned a best single nomination for "Devil in a Midnight Mass" from their sophomore album Billy Talent II, as well as best album, best group and best rock album.

Hip-hop artist k-os also earned a best single nomination for "Sunday Morning", from his latest album "Atlantis: Hymns for Disco". k-os also will compete in the best single, best songwriter and best pop album competition.

The nominations were announced in Toronto by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), organizers of the 2007 Juno Awards.

With such veteran Canadian divas as Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne and Alanis Morissette sitting out this year's Junos competition, the way is open for emerging artists to grab the spotlight in Saskatoon.

The best new artist field includes two "Canadian Idol" winners -- Eva Avila and Melissa O'Neil -- while the best new group category features Evans Blue, Idle Sons, Jets Overhead, Mobile and Stabilo.

Competing in the best international album competition, based on retail record sales in Canada, is Dixie Chicks, Il Divo, Justin Timberlake, Madonna and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The Junos will be handed out during a live telecast on the CTV network.

A complete list of 2007 Juno award nominees follows:

1. Juno Fan Choice Award: Gregory Charles, Michael Buble, Nelly Furtado, Nickelback, Sarah McLachlan

2. Single of the Year: "Devil In A Midnight Mass", Billy Talent; " All I Can Do," Chantal Kreviazuk; "Pull Me Through", Jim Cuddy; "Sunday Morning", k-os, "Promiscuous", Nelly Furtado

3. International Album of the Year: "Taking The Long Way", Dixie Chicks; "Ancora", Il Divo; "FutureSex/LoveSounds," Justin Timberlake; "Confessions On A Dance Floor", Madonna; "Arcadium", Red Hot Chili Peppers.

4. Album of the Year: "Billy Talent II", Billy Talent; "I Think of You", Gregory Charles; "Hedley", Hedley; "Loose", Nelly Furtado; "One-X", Three Days Grace.

5. Artist of the Year: Diana Krall, Gregory Charles, Loreena McKennitt, Nelly Furtado, Pierre Lapointe.

6. Group of the Year: Alexisonfire, Billy Talent, Hedley, The Tragically Hip, Three Days Grace

7. New Artist of the Year: Eva Avila, Melissa O'Neil, Neverending White Lights, Patrick Watson, Tomi Swick

8. New Group of the Year: Evans Blue, Idle Sons, Jets Overhead, Mobile, Stabilo. »

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Talent, k-os, Furtado top Juno noms

6 February 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

TORONTO -- Canadian recording artists Billy Talent, k-os and Nelly Furtado on Tuesday led the field with five nominations each for the Junos, Canada's music awards.

Furtado, who will host the Junos on April 1 from Saskatoon, was nominated for best single and best album and in the Fan Choice Award category, where she will compete against fellow Canadian artists Gregory Charles, Michael Buble, Nickelback and Sarah McLachlan.

Canadian rock band Billy Talent also earned a best single nomination for "Devil in a Midnight Mass" from their sophomore album Billy Talent II, as well as best album, best group and best rock album.

Hip-hop artist k-os also earned a best single nomination for "Sunday Morning", from his latest album "Atlantis: Hymns for Disco". k-os also will compete in the best single, best songwriter and best pop album competition.

The nominations were announced in Toronto by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), organizers of the 2007 Juno Awards.

With such veteran Canadian divas as Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne and Alanis Morissette sitting out this year's Junos competition, the way is open for emerging artists to grab the spotlight in Saskatoon.

The best new artist field includes two "Canadian Idol" winners -- Eva Avila and Melissa O'Neil -- while the best new group category features Evans Blue, Idle Sons, Jets Overhead, Mobile and Stabilo.

Competing in the best international album competition, based on retail record sales in Canada, is Dixie Chicks, Il Divo, Justin Timberlake, Madonna and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The Junos will be handed out during a live telecast on the CTV network.

A complete list of 2007 Juno award nominees follows:

1. Juno Fan Choice Award: Gregory Charles, Michael Buble, Nelly Furtado, Nickelback, Sarah McLachlan

2. Single of the Year: "Devil In A Midnight Mass", Billy Talent; " All I Can Do," Chantal Kreviazuk; "Pull Me Through", Jim Cuddy; "Sunday Morning", k-os, "Promiscuous", Nelly Furtado

3. International Album of the Year: "Taking The Long Way", Dixie Chicks; "Ancora", Il Divo; "FutureSex/LoveSounds," Justin Timberlake; "Confessions On A Dance Floor", Madonna; "Arcadium", Red Hot Chili Peppers.

4. Album of the Year: "Billy Talent II", Billy Talent; "I Think of You", Gregory Charles; "Hedley", Hedley; "Loose", Nelly Furtado; "One-X", Three Days Grace.

5. Artist of the Year: Diana Krall, Gregory Charles, Loreena McKennitt, Nelly Furtado, Pierre Lapointe.

6. Group of the Year: Alexisonfire, Billy Talent, Hedley, The Tragically Hip, Three Days Grace

7. New Artist of the Year: Eva Avila, Melissa O'Neil, Neverending White Lights, Patrick Watson, Tomi Swick

8. New Group of the Year: Evans Blue, Idle Sons, Jets Overhead, Mobile, Stabilo. »

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