Stars line up for New Orleans Jazz Fest

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Dave Matthews Band, Jimmy Buffet and Allen Toussaint are just a few of the stars signed for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

BMI honors Paul Simon's lifetime of work

HOLLYWOOD, May 18 (UPI) -- Paul Simon sang "Slip Slidin' Away" to cap tributes Tuesday as the BMI Pop Awards honored his lifetime of achievement during black tie Hollywood ceremonies.

Texas colonizes D.C. for an evening

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Participants at Washington's "Black Tie & Boots Ball" got a heavy dose of Texas crooning, couture and cuisine, not to mention President Bush and his family.

Aiken hopes TV special buries awards show

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken says he hopes his Christmas TV special buries the competing Billboard Music Awards Wednesday.

Clay Aiken appears a lot on holidays

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Clay Aiken's name is getting to be less synonymous with Fox's "American Idol" and associated more often with U.S. holidays.

Aiken's Christmas memories not all fond

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken may have the top-selling U.S. Christmas album, but he's a little ambivalent about the holiday itself.

Beyoncé, OutKast win big at BET awards

LOS ANGELES, June 30 (UPI) -- Beyoncé, OutKast and Usher were the top winners, with two trophies each, at the BET Awards held in Los Angeles.

Bush honors black musicians

WASHINGTON, June 22 (UPI) -- President George Bush praised the contributions of black musicians to American culture at a White House reception Tuesday marking Black Music Month.

MercyMe wins big at Christian music awards

NASHVILLE, April 29 (UPI) -- Worship band MercyMe, whose "I Can Only Imagine" was a huge crossover hit last year, won the Christian music industry's top honor in Nashville, Tenn.

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Nominees for 2nd Annual BET Awards

LOS ANGELES, May 15 (UPI) -- Here is a list of nominees for the 2nd Annual Black Entertainment Television Awards, which is scheduled to be presented on June 25 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

Rock News Two: The week in pop music

LISA 'LEFT EYE' LOPES Funeral arrangements are pending for Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes of the Grammy-winning hip-hop trio TLC. Lopes, 30, was killed in a car accident while on vacation in Honduras.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Country Music News

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY (Fri., April 5) Bill Clifton was born in 1931. "Cowboy" Jack Clement was born in 1931. June Stearns was born in 1939.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop music

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME The first generation of punk rockers joined Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, former teen idol Brenda Lee and soul singer Isaac Hayes in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2002 Monday night.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International
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Yolanda Adams
U.S. President George W. Bush leans back in his chair as he waits for Grammy Award winning artist Yolanda Adams to perform, at The White House in Washington on February 11, 2007. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

Yolanda Adams (born Yolanda Yvette Adams on August 27, 1961(1961-08-27)) is an American Grammy and Dove-award winning Gospel music singer and radio show host.

The oldest of six siblings, Adams was raised in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Sterling High School in Houston in 1979. After graduating from Texas Southern University, she began a career as a schoolteacher and part-time model in Houston, Texas. Eventually she gave up teaching to perform full-time as a lead singer.

Adams attracted the attention of Thomas Whitfield and Sound of Gospel Records as a lead singer in the Southeast Inspirational Choir. She signed a recording contract with Sound of Gospel which yielded her first album Just As I Am in 1987. In 1990, she signed to Ben Tankard's independent label Tribute Records and released Through The Storm.

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