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R&B singer collaborates with jazz artist; Brown gets songwriting honor; D'Angelo to perform at movie awards.

R&B singer Montell Jordan joined jazz saxophonist Dave Koz on their cover of the Wham! ballad "Careless Whisper" at the Miss Universe pageant in Nicosia, Cypress, on Friday (May 5). Their version of the song first appeared on Koz's 1999 album, The Dance. ...

Godfather of Soul James Brown and late R&B singer Curtis Mayfield are among the artists who will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 15. Also being inducted into the hall by the National Academy of Popular Music are Brian Wilson, Don Henley, Glenn Frey and James Taylor. ...

Pop stars 'N Sync and R&B singer D'Angelo will join Metallica as performers at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards in June. 'N Sync plan to perform "It's Gotta Be Me," the second single from the record-breaking No Strings Attached (March 21). (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, also owns MTV.) ...

R&B vocal trio Ideal performed their song "Whatever" at a taping of "Soul Train" on Saturday. The track, on which they're joined by Li'l Mo, is #36 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart. ...

R&B/rock outfit Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise, whose single "Baby" is getting heavy Triple-A radio airplay, are playing Atlanta's Midtown Music Festival on Friday. Also playing the festival during the weekend are rockers Creed and Oasis, as well as rapper Nas. ...

"Midnight Train to Georgia" singer Gladys Knight will receive an honorary doctoral degree in humane letters from the University of San Diego and speak to graduates at the school's commencement on May 28. Knight is most famous for her work with the Pips — who will not be receiving degrees from the USD — but she also has recorded solo, most recently on 1999's Many Different Roads. ...

R&B singer Erykah Badu shot a video April 25 in Harlem, N.Y., with rap artist Common. The video, for the song "The Light," from Common's album Like Water for Chocolate, should be released by mid-May. ...

R&B crooner Carl Thomas attended a benefit auction to support the music industry's LIFEbeat AIDS charity in New York on Monday night (May 1). Joining Thomas, whose Emotional debuted at #2 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart last week, were vocal group Boyz II Men. ...

Soul singer Ginuwine will make his big-screen debut in the basketball comedy "Juwanna Mann" later this year. The singer showed up on CBS-TV's "Martial Law" last year. ...

The upcoming soundtrack to "Big Momma's House" (May 30), put together by SoSo Def producer Jermaine Dupri, features Dupri, as well as tracks by rappers Da Brat, Nas and appearances from Missy Elliott and Kurupt. On the first single, "I've Got to Have It," Dupri and Nas team up with soulful Atlanta singer Monica. ...

Boston radio station KISS-FM's June 3 Kiss Concert 2000 will feature R&B singer Macy Gray, pop stars Hanson and Christina Aguilera and Italian dance-music duo Eiffel 65. The concert, which also will include Goo Goo Dolls and Jessica Simpson, raises money for the Genesis Fund, a nonprofit group that helps children born with birth defects. ...

R&B vocalist Kelis is collaborating with dance artist Moby. The "Caught Out There" singer is working with Moby in a New York studio. ...

— sonicnet.com staff report