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"This nomination [of Eminem] is the moral equivalent of honoring a Klu Klux Klan singer."
—--Peter Tatchell of gay-rights group Outrage
BANGIN' DA MUSIC NEWS
Lil' Kim Dodges Bullets, NSYNC Hits The Road, Snoop Goes XXX, Rockers Swing Clubs, Brits Drink Tea
GUNNING FOR HEADLINES?
One man was seriously injured following a shootout outside a New York radio station where rapstress Lil' Kim made an appearance. According to the New York Daily News, NYPD say at least 22 bullet were fired Sunday (2/25) outside WQHT in Greenwich Village. The shooting reportedly stemmed from an incident between Lil' Kim's camp and rival rap duo Capone-N-Noreaga's posse. Both groups fled before police arrived on the scene, where nine-millimeter gun casings were found, as well as a shattered car window. The victim, 31-year-old Efrain Ocasio, was shot in the back. While police believe Ocasio is connected with Capone-N-Noreaga, they say the rappers were probably not at the scene. Although Puffy was nowhere near the area, he has offered diamond-studded watches to all witnesses.

HOPE WE DIE BEFORE THEY GET OLD
NSYNC
has announced the schedule for its "2001 Pop Odyssey." The 36-city tour will kick off May 12 in Miami and wrap up Aug. 18 in Memphis, TN. "Odyssey" marks the band's first-ever stadium tour and tickets are currently on sale for stops including Miami, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Pasadena, CA and Washington, D.C. NSYNC's sets will include tracks from the band's forthcoming follow-up to 1999's "No Strings Attached." The full itinerary is available at www.nsync.com. Promoters confirm that, like "O Brother, Where Art Thou," the tour is based on the work of Greek poet Homer.

NUTHIN' BUT A G-SPOT THANG
They're sucking on more than just "Gin & Juice" in Snoop Dogg's latest project. The rapper has teamed with Hustler Video for "Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle," a long-form XXX rap video. The video, which will street Tuesday (2/27) features Snoop-composed music, including 11 never-before-released songs. Snoop also performs in six music videos that lead into five hardcore sex scenes. "Doggystyle" was shot in Snoop's own Dogg Pound compound and features performances by rappers Tray Deee and Goldi-Loc of Tha Eastsidaz and Nate Dogg, as well as porn thespians India, Obsession, Farrah, Anna Malle, Tony Eveready and Mark Anthony. Said Snoop on his porn video: "We're rapping about it when we're doing records. We're in the studio doing it, we're making hardcore, and we should be able to put out hardcore. And this is an avenue to do it." Snoop then began ruminating on Fritz Lang's innovative shot construction, but we were too baked to follow.

OUT OF THE WOODS AND ONSTAGE
John Mellencamp
and Third Eye Blind will headline the Tiger Jam IV benefit concert, to take place April 28 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The concert, co-sponsored by Coca-Cola and the Tiger Woods Foundation, will benefit children's charities in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Tickets start at $45 and go on sale March 3. Said Woods: "I am extremely pleased that John Mellencamp and Third Eye Blind have agreed to perform at Tiger Jam IV. John is one of the true legends of American rock & roll and Third Eye Blind has achieved tremendous success over the past few years." Woods then used a nine-iron to smash a Marshall stack.

BRIT-PICKY
U2
is set to pick up the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award during the Brit Awards 2001. The ceremony, which is Britain's most prestigious music honor, is taking place Monday (2/26) at Earl's Court in London. The legendary Irish rockers will perform before receiving the award from Oasis' Noel Gallagher. Other performers and presenters include Elton John, Robbie Williams, Coldplay, Destiny's Child, Kylie Minogue, Donny Osmond and Robert Downey, Jr. Meanwhile, the appearance of Eminem, who is nominated for Best International Male artist, has been met with a hail of protest. Said Peter Tatchell of the gay-rights group Outrage: "This nomination is the moral equivalent of honoring a Klu Klux Klan singer."

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