Justin Timberlake, Cameron Diaz and Jamie Lynn Spears are just a few of the celebs who will hit the stage for Nickelodeon's 18th annual Kids' Choice Awards, airing April 2 at 8 p.m. ET. Ben Stiller is set to host. Will Smith will perform "Switch," the first time in three years he'll get on the mic to perform live, and Simple Plan will treat the crowd to a rendition of their song "Shut Up." The event will conclude with some good old-fashioned celebrity sliming. ...

Rapper Xzibit was reportedly cited in Guam on Sunday for possession of marijuana, just hours before he was to perform. The "Pimp My Ride" host was apprehended by customs officials at the Guam International Airport and, according to local NBC affiliate KUAM, the rapper admitted to having about two grams of the substance. He's expected to be fined and likely will not face jail time, KUAM reported. "He was very good-natured that morning, even declaring that he had it and he was smoking it," one customs agent said. "He was very relaxed about it." A spokesperson for Xzibit's label was unaware of the arrest, and calls to the rapper's management were not returned by press time. ... A week after Ja Rule pleaded guilty to punching a Canadian man at a bar in June 2003, the man has sued the rapper for $4 million. The civil lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Ontario Superior Court. Rule apologized to the city of Toronto last week but was still slapped with a $1,500 fine. ...

Porn and police were the focus of testimony Wednesday in Michael Jackson's molestation trial. Sergeant Steve Robel told the court that the accuser was specific about two instances of molestation, but believed it happened five to seven times, and that the accuser was slow to open up to the police in the first place. Detective Paul Zelis testified about material found in a November 2003 search of Neverland, such as the contents of Jackson's nightstand, which contained pornographic magazines and a picture of the accuser and his siblings. Under cross-examination, Zelis revealed that the magazines were not dusted for fingerprints before the accuser handled the material before a grand jury. Meanwhile, a hearing will be held as soon as next week to determine if boy who accused Jackson of molestation in 1993 will be testifying in this case. ...

Snow Patrol bassist Mark McClelland has left the group, according to a note posted by singer Gary Lightbody on the band's Web site. "Over the last 18 months, touring has taken its toll on the rest of the band's relationship with him," Lightbody wrote. The group is currently in rural Ireland writing and demoing songs for its follow-up to last year's Final Straw. On April 23, Snow Patrol will head back to the U.S. for a 24-date trek that begins in the Woodlands, Texas, and finishes up on June 1 in New Orleans. ... A fight broke out onstage during a Tuesday night performance by former Stone Roses singer Ian Brown at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Four songs into the show, a fan jumped onstage and attacked Brown, according to the venue's publicist. A staff security guard who tried to intervene was then dragged into the melee, which caused a 15-minute break in the show. Brown finished the gig and was later taken in for questioning by police and released without being charged. The venue spokesperson said the security guard, who went to the hospital for treatment, is expected to press charges. ...

The first band signed to Slipknot drummer Shawn Crahan's (#6) new label, Big Orange Clown Records, is the New York metal act Gizmachi. The band — which has opened some shows on Slipknot's current tour — will release its debut, The Imbuing, on May 3; it was produced by Crahan, who also directed the first video, "The Answer." ... According to Ireland's Examiner newspaper, the surviving members of Queen — who're in the midst of preparing for a U.S. tour — had invited British pop star Robbie Williams to join the band for its upcoming trek, but then thought better of it. Drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May said Williams expressed an interest in the gig after recording a version of "We Are the Champions" for the 2001 film "A Knight's Tale"; he deemed touring with Queen an ideal way of breaking through to American audiences. "It did seem like a good idea," Taylor told the paper. "And then I think we all sort of drew back a little, thought about it a little harder, and then thought, 'Maybe not.' " Former Free and Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers ultimately landed the job. ...

B.B. King will headline the first-ever gala event for the Eye Birth Defects Research Foundation, being held in tribute to the late Ray Charles, who was a foundation board member for 10 years. The gala dinner will be held on May 12 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. ... Nellie McKay has been cast as Polly Peachum in the latest Broadway staging of "The Threepenny Opera." Alan Cumming and Edie Falco are also starring in the production, scheduled to begin in the spring of 2006. In other McKay news, her Short List-nominated debut, Get Away From Me, is being re-released on March 29 in DualDisc format, meaning fans can flip it over to watch a DVD of a concert last fall in San Francisco. The music side will include two previously unreleased tracks, "John-John" and "Theresa." ...

Techno duo the Crystal Method have a lot on their plate at the moment: they're dropping a new mix album, kicking off a national DJ tour and hosting a weekly radio show. The LP Community Service II, containing remixes of tracks by the Doors, Smashing Pumpkins, Elite Force and many other artists, will hit stores on April 5. In support of their album, the pair will begin touring on Sunday in Honolulu and will wrap things up at the end of May. Throughout the trek, Crystal Method will continue to host the weekly electronic radio show "Community Service," which airs every Friday night on Los Angeles' Indie 103.1 FM. ... The Fiery Furnaces are eyeing a summer release for their next project — a double album. The follow-up to the recently released EP, the tentatively titled Garfield L and Singing to Speak Chinese will act as two albums in one release, à la Outkast's Speakerboxxx /The Love Below. A 14-date tour will kick off April 6 in Cleveland and end in San Francisco on April 29. ... DJ Mixmaster Spade, a legend in the West Coast hip-hop scene, died Wednesday in California, according to sources close to the performer. The spinner was critically injured in a motorcycle accident several days ago. ...

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Nelly has set a May 17 release date for the soundtrack to "The Longest Yard." Eminem, Lil' Wayne, D12 and Akon are among the outside artists the St. Louis kingpin has called upon for the LP, which will also feature tracks from the St. Lunatics and Pimp Juice himself. The first single, "Erry Time," is a Nelly solo joint produced by Jazze Pha. Nelly co-stars in the remake of the 1974 comedy, which will hit theaters Memorial Day weekend ...

Before Mario Vazquez attends to the ambiguous "personal areas" he says are taking precedence over becoming the next American Idol, he'll work the talk-show circuit. Vazquez will appear on the "Late Show With David Letterman" on Tuesday night (March 15) to read the Top Ten List; the subject, according to Vazquez's reps, will be the top reasons why it's a good thing to be off "American Idol." ... Michael Jackson's fan club is planning a rally in Santa Maria, California, to show support for the embattled pop star. After camping out during the first weekend of April — with performances by those in attendance — the fans will dress up in white outfits and gold armbands and march together to the courthouse that Monday morning, April 4. ...

Lyn Collins, a sassy singer who was part of James Brown's band in the early 1970s, died Sunday night at the age of 56. Collins joined the James Brown Revue in 1970 and later cut saucy funk records backed by Brown's musicians. Her version of the Godfather of Soul's "Think" was sampled by Rob Base and D.J. E-Z Rock for their 1988 rap hit, "It Takes Two." ... "Charmed": The Book of Shadows will hit shelves on April 19. Among the artists on the soundtrack to the supernatural WB show are the Donnas, Liz Phair, Vanessa Carlton, Dido, Missy Higgins, Shivaree and Zero 7. The album will also include remixes of songs by Sarah McLachlan, Butterfly Boucher, Ashlee Simpson and Sarah Brightman. ...

Sometimes videos feel like mini-movies, and sometimes movies feel like music videos — and probably none more so than the upcoming flick "9 Songs." Director Michael Winterbottom captures a love story told via the concerts the couple attends; Franz Ferdinand, the Dandy Warhols, Primal Scream, the Von Bondies, Elbow, Super Furry Animals and Michael Nyman are among the acts whose concerts are featured. The couple's love affair takes place in London in the summer of 2003, and begins when they meet at a Black Rebel Motorcycle Club show. "9 Songs" is due out in late July. ... The Deftones' Chino Moreno has talked about his Team Sleep project for more than five years now — and even got a song by the group on the soundtrack for "The Matrix: Reloaded" in 2003 — but the project is finally going to awake fully on May 10, when Team Sleep's self-titled debut album will be released. "The best part about it is having completion of something you've been working on, and having it done right," Moreno said in a statement. "It's fun, working with different people, everybody works differently. When I have time off from music, I want to make other music. That's what I do, that's what's fun, that's what makes me happy." ...

Political punkers Anti-Flag will join Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) on the steps of the Capitol at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday to announce their petition drive to end a loophole in the No Child Left Behind Act. The small print allows military recruiters to gain access to private student information unless parents preemptively opt out in writing. The band is also launching a Web site in support of the petition, Militaryfreezone.org. ... Reel Big Fish's new album, We're Not Happy Til You're Not Happy, will be released on April 5, preceded by the first single, a cover of Tracy Chapman's 1988 hit "Talkin' Bout a Revolution." The album also features a cover of Morrissey's "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful," as well as the new songs "Your Guts (I Hate 'Em)," "Drinkin'," "Don't Start a Band" and "One Hit Wonderful." After a spring college tour, the band will head out on a summer co-headlining trek with Bowling for Soup. ... Sparta, which includes three-fifths of At the Drive-In, will hit the road with Siva and Thieves of Always starting April 1 in Austin, Texas. The 22-date trek will canvas much of the East Coast and parts of the Midwest, wrapping up on April 27 in Boulder, Colorado. ...

The plug's been pulled on the Cocteau Twins reunion that was to take place at the Coachella Valley Music Festival this April. An announcement on the Coachella Web site said the ethereal Scottish trio's Elizabeth Fraser decided not to participate for personal reasons. No replacement has yet been named. ...