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PEOPLE & ENTERTAINMENT

November 24, 2008|By FROM SUN NEWS SERVICES

Music awards squeezed in between performances

With performances by some of music's hottest acts - Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Kanye West, the Jonas Brothers and 15 others - who needs awards?

The American Music Awards, presented yesterday during a live broadcast on ABC, kept with its long-held tradition of wedging prizes in between action-packed performances.

"This year more than ever," said Orly Adelson, president of dick clark productions, which puts on the show, said last week.

"We have 19 performances, which we've never done before ... Every big artist this year said yes, and we wanted them all." New Kids on the Block were to perform a medley of songs, including their new single, marking their return to the AMAs after 17 years.

Coldplay and Leona Lewis were to make their American Music Award debuts, and Alicia Keys and Sarah McLachlan were to perform with other artists in genre-crossing mash-ups. Other artists slated to perform included Mariah Carey, Pink, Ne-Yo, Taylor Swift and Annie Lennox, who was to receive the Award of Merit.

There were to be other awards, too, chosen by online voters in 21 categories.

Paul Newman's legacy

Paul Newman has left the assets to his wife, the Oscars to his foundation and the race cars to the highest bidder. A will made public this week shows that Newman, who died in September, left his personal property, including real estate, to Joanne Woodward.

The 10-time Academy Award nominee, who won one Oscar and took home two honorary ones, left those statues and other awards to the Newman's Own Foundation. Interest in Newman's Own and Salad King also went to the foundation, which will distribute all profits to charity.

The will also directed that his airplane and race cars be sold, with proceeds going to his estate.

A gift worth waiting for

For Faith Hill, it's a gift she's always wanted: her own Christmas show filled with her favorite holiday songs.

Hill sings them with a 31-piece orchestra, nine-member choir and an elaborate stage set for a special to air on PBS' Soundstage series this week with repeats through December.

Dick Wolf to be honored

NEW YORK: Producer Dick Wolf is receiving a special honor at the 36th International Emmy Awards for extending the long arm of his Law & Order franchise into almost every corner of the globe.

Sam Waterston, who has appeared as prosecutor Jack McCoy since 1994, is to present the International Emmy Founders Award to Wolf at tonight's gala.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS

Rock 'n' roll drummer Pete Best, 67.

Actor-comedian Billy Connolly, 66.

Actor Dwight Schultz, 61.

Rock musician Clem Burke, 53.

Actor Colin Hanks, 31.

Actress Katherine Heigl, 30.

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