For The Record: Quick News On Christina Aguilera, Limp Bizkit, Michelle Branch, Linkin Park, Beck, Bryan Adams & More

Christina Aguilera‘s “Beautiful” video will be honored by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for its use of gay and transgender images to demonstrate self-respect and empowerment. The singer will accept a special award for the Jonas Akerlund-directed clip at a ceremony April 26 at Los Angeles’ Kodak Theatre. …

It’s looking like Limp Bizkit and the WWE are continuing to show love for one another. The rap-rockers will perform at the Wrestlemania pay-per-view event on March 30, according to an announcement Thursday night on the wrestling program “Smackdown!” Fans of famed grappler the Undertaker might remember he used to play Limp’s “Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle)” as his theme music when entering the ring. … Following the Grammys, Michelle Branch posted a message on her official Web site that her upcoming album was nearly finished and had a release date. “The album will be available for your listening pleasure on June 10,” she wrote. “It’s a lot later than we thought, but we need set-up time … and I need a slight break before being on the road again.” Branch is slated to tour with the Dixie Chicks. … 

‘NSYNC’s Lance Bass will be the main judge in NBC’s new reality series, “The Search for the Most Talented Kid in America.” Mario Lopez will host the four episodes, which begin airing March 21 and will feature two other guest judges (to be named later) for each show. … Swedish rockers Blindside have been tapped to open for Linkin Park on the band’s two-week stretch of free shows for members of its fan club. The trek begins March 11 in Worcester, Massachusetts, and runs through March 25 in Los Angeles. …

Beck makes a cameo on Macy Gray‘s new song “It Ain’t the Money” from her upcoming album, The Trouble With Being Myself, which drops May 13. The track, a funk-fueled hybrid of rap and R&B, features the chameleonic rocker mirroring Gray’s vocals in a sedated breathy voice. … New York City garage rockers the Mooney Suzuki have lined up a string of tour dates, beginning April 10 in New Haven, Connecticut. The quartet will bring along fellow Big Apple residents, retro punk-poppers the Realistics, to open the brief outing, which winds down April 27 in Los Angeles. …

On the heels of a successful battle against cancer, Testament vocalist Chuck Billy is back in rehearsals with his band, gearing up for a San Francisco gig next month and a European tour scheduled for April. “On Valentine’s Day, I had my final two operations to remove a port from my chest and both surgeries were a complete success,” Billy posted on the veteran thrash metal band’s Web site. “[My] surgeon, Dr. Sweezer, the coolest cat out there … said, ‘Get out there and enjoy your life, you’re done!’ ”

Singer Bryan Adams plays himself in “House of Fools,” Russia’s official submission for the foreign-film category at the Academy Awards. In the flick, Adams is the object of a pretty mental patient’s deep and delusional obsession. The film hits U.S. theaters on April 25. … German glitch-pop pioneers the Notwist will embark on their first North American tour on April 2 at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C. The group’s 17-date jaunt in support of its recently released Neon Golden will end with a two-night stand at Los Angeles’ Knitting Factory on April 14 and 15. …

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Avril Lavigne will release “Losing Grip” as the next single from her multi-platinum debut, Let Go. Liz Friedlander (Michelle Branch, U2) shot the performance video at the Angel Orensanz Synagogue in New York earlier this week. … Christina Aguilera will follow-up “Beautiful” with “Fighter.” The video will premiere on MTV’s “Making the Video” in late March. …

The family of late Great White guitarist Ty Longley, who died in the Rhode Island rock club inferno that killed 97, has scheduled a memorial tribute concert for their son. The event will take place March 2 and 3:30 p.m. at the Yankee Lake Ballroom in Brookfield, Ohio. Local bands will play, and the public is invited to attend. The event will follow a 2 p.m. memorial service at the Cornerhouse Christian Church in Hubbard, Ohio. …

The Britney Spears Foundation is co-hosting the Rally Against Cancer with Summit Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on March 2. Spears and her family will attend the event, which aims to promote cancer prevention and awareness. … While her dad is off on the eighth Ozzfest, Kelly Osbourne will spend the summer touring with Robbie Williams. Dates will be announced soon. …

Director Paul Hunter recently explained why his video for Eminem‘s “Superman” will only be released on the “8 Mile” DVD. “He is laying next to about 100 girls like totally, totally naked, so we pushed [the boundaries],” he said. …

The B-side to the new Queens of the Stone Age single “Go With the Flow” will be a remix of the band’s “No One Knows” by U.N.K.L.E. Josh Homme repaid the duo of James Lavelle and DJ Shadow by singing on their upcoming album. … The Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline a 10-hour music marathon at Slane Castle, Ireland’s largest outdoor concert venue, on August 23. Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age and PJ Harvey are also scheduled to perform. …

Hip-hop’s political radicals Dead Prez will release their new album, Revolutionary But Gangsta (RBG), on May 20. The first single, which is self-produced (as is much of the album), will be the anti-radio rant “Radio Freq.” RBG is the follow-up to the group’s 2002 independent release Turn Off the Radio: The Mixtape, Volume 1.

Jeff Buckley‘s mother, Mary Guibert, said on the late singer’s Web site that recordings from Cafe Sin-e in New York are being complied for a double live CD. “(The sessions) contain some of the most amazing renditions of cover tunes the world has ever heard,” she wrote. … The Cure have signed a three-album deal with the ARTISTdirect Records imprint, I Am. In July, the band plans to enter a London studio to begin work on its 14th studio album. Ross Robinson is to produce the as-yet-untitled LP. …