Justin Timberlake and B2K are among the artists who will perform at Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards on April 12 at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California. A host of other artists are scheduled to appear, including Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini of "American Idol," Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone and Brad Pitt. Rosie O'Donnell will serve as emcee. ...

The charity single due April 15 from the 10 "American Idol" finalists will now be a cover of Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA." The group originally recorded "What the World Needs Now Is Love" with Burt Bacharach, but changed the song after the Greenwood hit went over so well on a recent episode of the show. ...

Madonna has collaborated with photographer Steven Klein for a dark and eerie exhibition called X-STaTIC PRo=CeSS, which opened Thursday and will run for six weeks in New York. The multimedia exhibit features three video works and two photographic animations created by the two. In one installation, Madonna is heard reading excerpts from the book of Revelation, accompanied by images of a burning wedding dress and herself as a masked beast. Klein's previous works have been featured in Calvin Klein, Versace and Gucci ads and on the covers of W and Vogue magazines. The exhibit is open Tuesday through Saturday at Deitch Projects in Manhattan, and is free. ...

The fourth annual Latin Grammy Awards will return to Miami this year, according to the Latin Recording Academy. The show is set for September 3 at the American Airlines Arena and will air on CBS. ... R&B singer Angie Stone will join the Broadway production of "Chicago" on April 14. She will take over the role of Matron "Mama" Morton, the character Queen Latifah portrayed in the Academy Award-winning movie version of the Bob Fosse musical. ...

Toni Braxton gave birth to her second son, Diezel Ky Braxton Lewis, on March 30 at an Atlanta area hospital. She and her husband, Keri Lewis, had their first child, Denim, last year. ... The HBO show "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry" will begin its third season April 4 with a performance by Jill Scott. Six other new episodes will follow. ...

The Dead, the reunited surviving members of the Grateful Dead, are launching a summer tour, which will kick off June 15 at the second annual Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. A first leg of the Dead Summer Getaway will go through July, followed by a second leg running through August. ... Metal band Nothingface vacated their tour opening for Ministry after only two dates. The bandmembers decided to bail after the March 29 show in Phoenix because they wanted to play headline sets to their own fans instead of playing second fiddle to a bigger band, said their publicist. Nothingface will begin their own tour soon and will play on the second stage at this year's Ozzfest. Nothingface's new record, Skeletons, comes out April 22. Ministry will remain on tour through May 24 in Somerset, Wisconsin. ...

Once the Hives, Soundtrack of Our Lives, Sahara Hotnights and other Swedish rockers became trendy, it was only a matter of time. Agnetha Faltskog is coming back. The former ABBA vocalist is working on her first album in 16 years, reported Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. Vocals for the record, which is scheduled for release next winter, will be in English. Faltskog's last record was 1987's I Stand Alone. ... If your favorite compilation album is Freedom Rock, you'll be ecstatic to find that Journey, Styx and REO Speedwagon are hitting the road together this spring for three months. The '80s radio dream bill, called Classic Rock's Main Event, runs through July 9 in Uniondale, New York. ...

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T.A.T.U. will collaborate with flame-throwing German industrial metal outfit Rammstein on a "most unpredicted project," according to a statement on the pop duo's Russian-language official Web site. "T.A.T.U.'s producer, Ivan Shapovalov, and Rammstein's management are now discussing the details," reads an English translation on a T.A.T.U. fan site. ...

Fabolous has recorded rhymes for a remix to B2K's latest hit, "Girlfriend." R. Kelly wrote the track. ... Ashanti has made her concert in Huntington Station, New York, on Thursday free for family members of those serving overseas in the U.S. military. Ja Rule and Redman have also joined the bill, a homecoming of sorts for Ashanti, who calls nearby Glen Cove home. ...

Portions of the Music as a Weapon 2 Tour, which began March 6, are being recorded for two live albums. One, from tour headliners Disturbed, will feature the previously unreleased tune "Dehumanized," while the second will be a compilation of live cuts from fellow aural assaulters Taproot, Chevelle and Unloco. No release dates have been set. ... Santana and Moby are the latest artists to call off shows in Hong Kong out of concern for the mysterious and deadly virus SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). Moby's shows in Singapore on Tuesday and Hong Kong on Thursday were postponed indefinitely, and Santana's Hong Kong gig on April 11 was moved to Osaka, Japan. Last week, the Rolling Stones canceled two Hong Kong shows because of the disease, 1600 cases of which have been reported worldwide — 60 have died. ...

A second Bonnaroo festival for 2003 has been set for August 8-10 at Calverton Enterprise Park in Riverhead, New York. This marks the second year for the eclectic three-day music and camping event. Eighty thousand tickets for the first incarnation, held June 13-15 in Manchester, Tennessee, and featuring Neil Young, the Flaming Lips, Ben Kweller and My Morning Jacket, among others, sold out exclusively through www.bonnaroo.com in just 18 days, topping last year's mark of 70,000 tickets in 19 days. A lineup for Bonnaroo NE has yet to be announced. ... Mondo Generator, the side project featuring Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri, are slated to drop their second album, A Drug Problem That Never Existed, in July. For a preview, check them out on tour with labelmates Tomahawk and the Melvins April 28 in San Diego, April 29 in Anaheim, California; and April 30 in Las Vegas. ...

The man who once sang as about a rat feasting upon a "tender" cat could take you to dinner. The WWE and Lion's Gate Films are offering a chance to win a date with Rob Zombie through a promotional contest being staged in support of Zombie's "House of 1000 Corpses" film. Details can be found at the World Wrestling Entertainment Web site, wwe.com. ... The Vans Warped Tour and the Take Action! Tour, along with the National Hopeline Network, have teamed up to present "Kevin Says ...Take Action!" on this summer's Warped Tour. Named for Warped promoter Kevin Lyman, the area, which will promote activism and be located in the vending booths, will provide information on various nonprofit organizations and feature participation from some artists. The annual Take Action! Tours, a product of indie imprint Sub City (subcity.net), has featured such bands as Jimmy Eat World and Alkaline Trio since its inaugural run in 1999. The Hopeline Network is a suicide prevention hotline (1-800-SUICIDE). ...

Kittie and producer Garth Richardson filed suit against the band's label, Artemis Records, Monday, claiming the Canadian metal band is owed nearly $900,000 in royalties and other compensation, while Richardson is due more than $120,000. An Artemis spokesperson said the label had not yet received the complaint, and therefore had no comment on it. ... On June 6, art rockers Clem Snide will release Soft Spot, the follow-up to their third album, The Ghost of Fashion. Joe Chiccarelli (Elton John, Rufus Wainwright) produced the record. ...

Sometimes staggering obstacles can open up new paths. Beleaguered R&B icon Diana Ross has taken her recent failed marriage, filmed drunk-driving arrest and unsuccessful Supremes reunion tour as an opportunity to write a new book. "Upside Down: Wrong Turns, Right Turns and the Road Ahead" will come out this spring. ... The organizer of British summer event the Glastonbury Festival has made a heated plea for partygoers not to pee in the bushes, ditches or river that flows through the site. "Urine is a huge pollutant and kills fishes," event coordinator Michael Eavis told www.efestivals.co.uk. The sold-out celebration, which takes place June 27-29, will feature additional porto-potties and security to try to flush away the urine problem. A lineup for the event has not yet been announced. ...