Billboard Music Awards

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What the?! FCC and Fox Case Goes to Supreme Court

Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie presenting at the 2003 Billboard Music Awards

In what comes as a shock to many industry insiders, the Supreme Court has decided to hear the FCC's 2006 indecency suit against Fox, in what will be the Court's first such case in 30 years, Variety says.The FCC's gripe stems from a citation it made for "fleeting expletives" uttered by Nicole Richie and Cher in separate Billboard Music Awards shows in 2002 and 2003. Fox shot back at the FCC, calling its actions "arbitrary and capricious." Fox also asserted that the "FCC's expanded enforcement of the indecency law is unconstitutional in today's diverse media marketplace where parents have access to a variety of tools to monitor their children's television viewing."Given that the last ruling the Supreme Court made on so-called "indecency" cases was in 1978 — and technology, media (and perhaps even culture) have changed — do you think it's time for a dusting-off of policy? Or is it a good thing that this issue is being brought to the Supreme table? — Anna DimondUse our On... read more

Music Notes: Billboard Says Goodbye Vegas, Hello Grits

Fox is fixin' to announce that its annual Billboard Music Awards will slip the word "Country" before "Music," relocate the kudosfest from Sin City to Nashville and reprioritize its accolades accordingly. The decision, says Variety, comes after the '06 Billboard show hit a sour note with its lowest ratings to date. There's a song in that somewhere.In other music-awards-show news — and isn't there always some? — Toby Keith, Keith Urban and Bon Keith Jovi have been added to the 2007 CMT Music Awards, airing April 16 at 8 pm/ET. read more

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Premiered: December 05, 2006
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: The 17th annual gala honoring artists and songs with the most sales and airplay. Slated performers include Janet Jackson, Fergie, the Killers, Gwen Stefani, Ludacris, the Fray, Mary J. Blige, Pharrell and Young Jeezy. Set to appear as presenters are Flavor Flav; Carmen Electra; Dave Navarro; Carrie Underwood; Rihanna; Three 6 Mafia; Bowling for Soup; Katharine McPhee; and Chris Daughtry.

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