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Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

By KAREN BUTLER, United Press International   |   Jan. 8, 2003 at 3:00 AM   |   Comments

SPRINGSTEEN, EMINEM GRAB GRAMMY NOMS

Bruce Springsteen and Eminem top the list of performers winning Grammy Award nominations Tuesday.

Also leading the pack of recording artists dominating major categories were newcomer Norah Jones, rapper Nelly and teen pop sensation Avril Lavigne.

Nominees for Album of the Year are: "Home" by the Dixie Chicks, "The Eminem Show" by Eminem, "Come Away With Me" by Jones, "Nellyville" by Nelly and "The Rising" by Springsteen, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced in New York.

Eminem also earned nods for Best Male Solo Rap Performance, while his hit "Without Me" earned a nomination for Record of the Year and the "The Eminem Show" a mention for Best Rap Album.

Springsteen also walked away with several nominations, including one for Best Rock Vocal Performance, while his Sept. 11, 2001,-inspired album, "The Rising," was mentioned for the Best Rock Album prize, and the album's title track for Song of the Year and Best Rock Song.

Competing against "The Rising" for the Song of the Year Grammy are "Complicated," written by Avril Lavigne & The Matrix, "Don't Know Why" written by Jesse Harris, "A Thousand Miles" by Vanessa Carlton, and "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)" by Alan Jackson.

The Song of the Year honor is bestowed upon the songwriter, not the artist who sings it, however, all but one of the contenders for this year's award were written by those who perform them. Jones sings "Don't Know Why."

Carlton's "A Thousand Miles," Jones' "Don't Know Why," Nelly's "Dilemma," featuring Kelly Rowland, and Nickelback's "How You Remind Me" also were nominated for Record of the Year.

Nominees in the Best New Artist category were Ashanti, Michelle Branch, Jones, Lavigne and John Mayer. Jones and Lavigne also are competing for the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album awards.

Another artist up for several awards was Nelly, mentioned in the Best Male Rap Solo Performance category for "Hot in Herre" and nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for his song "Dilemma."

The winners will be announced Feb. 23.


REEVE TO APPEAR ON 'SMALLVILLE'

Christopher Reeve reportedly plans to star in an upcoming episode of "Smallville," the WB series about teenager Clark Kent, the quiet country boy who grows up to be Superman.

Best-known for his own big-screen portrayal of Superman in the 1970s and 1980s, the now-paralyzed actor is set to appear in an installment of the hit show during February sweeps.

According to E! Online, the 50-year-old Reeve will play Dr. Swann, a brilliant scientist who tips Kent off to his origins and gives the teen some clues about his destiny.

The part "was written with him in mind, and we were extremely honored when he said yes," show co-creator and executive producer Alfred Gough told The Hollywood Reporter.

Reeve also was nominated Tuesday for a Best Spoken Word Album Grammy for narrating his book "Nothing Is Impossible." Reeve won this prize in 1999 for his inspirational memoir "Still Me," which spent 11 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.


ANNA NICOLE TOPS WORST-DRESSED LIST

Reality TV star Anna Nicole Smith has topped Mr. Blackwell's infamous worst-dressed list for 2002.

The fashion critic named the star of "The Anna Nicole Show" this year's No. 1 "couture casualty," citing the buxom blonde for unspecified "fashion follies" and urging her to hire a "structural engineer" -- stat!

According to Blackwell's 43rd annual list, Kelly Osbourne, one of the four foul-mouthed stars of the MTV reality show, "The Osbournes," has the dubious distinction of being Smith's runner-up. Kelly, who currently is trying to launch her own pop music career, was described as a "fright-wigged Baby Doll, stuck in a goth prom gown."

Smith and Osbourne are in good company, however. Blackwell also panned the fashion senses of pop star Shakira --"overwrought and underdressed, "Gangs of New York" star Cameron Diaz -- "looks like she was dressed by a color-blind circus clown," and Princess Anne -- "Her Royal Dowager Drag."


ANISTON ON BEING 'THE GOOD GIRL'

Actor John C. Reilly has dubbed the small-town drama he stars in with Jennifer Aniston "the feel-weird movie of the year." Numerous film critics, however, are noting "The Good Girl" for Aniston's terrific dramatic turn as a depressed sales clerk -- a true departure from her cutie-pie character, Rachel, on the popular TV sit-com "Friends."

"I was feeling stuck in my career," Aniston confessed to reporters in New York. "This bittersweet thing of this wonderful show and yet I feel like a product on the show. (It made me wonder,) 'How are you going to escape Rachel?' Rachel is my baggage, it's old leather luggage that I love."

Asked if it was difficult to move from the ideal world of television comedy to the bleaker setting of independent film, the 33-year-old style icon replied: "That's what's so wonderful about it. ... How Mike White wrote these characters so complex, dark and depressed, and somehow you love them and have complete compassion for them. Phil (Reilly's character) I think is so loveable and heartbreaking. Everyone is so human, that's sort of the fun of doing an independent movie, because there's a greater risk taken in the stories as opposed to the mainstream, commercial movies that are appealing to a mass audiences."

"The Good Girl" is in video stores today.

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