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OutKast leads Europe award nods

Rome -- Hip-hop group OutKast has a leading five nominations for the 2004 MTV Europe Music Awards, followed by Usher, with four nominations.

The awards will be presented Nov. 18 at the Tor di Valle Hippodrome in Rome.

Beyonce, Britney Spears, Anastacia, Jay-Z, Maroon 5, Black Eyed Peas and Franz Ferdinand have three nominations each, organizers said Wednesday.

Performers at the awards ceremony will include the Beastie Boys and Eminem, who will present his new single, "Just Lose It," from the upcoming album "Encore."

Destiny's Child joins McDonald's

Oak Brook, Ill. -- McDonald's Corp. has a new music partner: Destiny's Child.

The fast-food company announced Wednesday that the R&B; group will play an integral role in its "I'm lovin' it" ad campaign, which kicked off last year with Justin Timberlake in a starring role.

McDonald's said it would sponsor the group's 2005 worldwide tour and feature the trio in new commercials and special restaurant merchandising. Destiny's Child also will make appearances on behalf of Ronald McDonald House Charities and other children's causes.

Tickets going fast for Moore

Tucson, Ariz. -- Nine thousand tickets have been sold for Michael Moore's appearance at the University of Arizona, organizers said.

Moore, director of "Fahrenheit 9/11," will appear Monday. Tickets are $5 each.

Fernando Ascencio, director of the Speakers Board of the Associated Students, said Wednesday the ticket sales would cover the filmmaker's $27,500 speaking fee, rental of McKale Center and other expenses.

Republicans at the college have petitioned the student government to host a pro-President Bush speaker of equal celebrity before the Nov. 2 election.

'Idol' gets warm Filipino welcome

Manila, Philippines -- "American Idol" finalist Jasmine Trias arrived in Manila to a rousing welcome from fans and media jostling at the airport to get a glimpse of the 17-year-old Filipino-American.

The Hawaii teen made it to the top three in the popular Fox television talent contest in May. Filipinos, like Hawaiians, closely followed her performance and cheered her on.

Trias is set to do more Philippines endorsements and make the rounds of TV variety and talk shows during her visit.

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