Saturday, February 14, 2004
OutKast act stirs complaints
Albuquerque, N.M. -- CBS apologized Friday to American Indians angered by OutKast's Grammy Awards performance, which featured feathers and war paint.
As the final act of Sunday's Grammy telecast, OutKast's Andre "3000" Benjamin and several dancers swirled wildly around a green teepee as he sang "Hey Ya!" Costumes included war paint, feathers and fringe.
OutKast's hip-hoppy jive won three trophies: best urban-alternative performance for "Hey Ya!" and best rap album and overall album of the year for "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below."
"I like OutKast. I like their music," said Tom Bee, an Albuquerque record producer and musician, who was nominated for the Native American music Grammy. "But I thought the show was not correct. It was degrading."
The San Francisco-based Native American Cultural Center called for a boycott of CBS; OutKast; Arista, their record company; and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which sponsors the Grammys.
Another Chick's on the way
Nashville, Tenn. -- Dixie Chick Natalie Maines is expecting her second child.
Maines, 29, who sings and plays guitar, posted the news on the group's Web site. Maines and her husband, actor Adrian Pasdar, are "ecstatic about the news."
The couple, who were married in 2000, have a 2-year-old son, Jackson Slade Pasdar.
Maines didn't announce a due date.
"Can you imagine the next tour for us? Five kids (or more) back stage? Oh, the THOUGHT is just exhausting," the Web site said.
Martie Maguire, the fiddle and mandolin player in the group, announced in November she is expecting twins. The third Chick, Emily Robison, has a 1-year-old son.
The performers said they were looking "forward to a year of healthy babies and further musical inspiration."
The Dixie Chicks' hits include "Landslide," "Ready to Run" and "Wide Open Spaces."
'Survivor' to move for hoops
New York -- If you tune in to "Survivor: All-Stars" on Thursday nights in the middle of March, you may be struck by how athletic the castaways are looking. You may also be perplexed at home much the latest immunity challenges resemble a good old-fashioned game of college basketball. Instead of extinguishing torches and scratching bug bites on Thursday nights, CBS will be beating buzzers and cutting down nets.
As has been the case in recent years, CBS will temporarily displace "Survivor" to Wednesday nights to allow for coverage of NCAA Tournament basketball. "Survivor" will move to 7 p.m. on March 17 and 24, returning to battle "Friends" on April 1.