Elton John, Tim McGraw, Backstreet Boys and more appear at Radio Music Awards

Oct 23, 2001 2:36 AM

Elton John, Tim McGraw, Sugar Ray and the Backstreet Boys headline the 2001 Radio Music Awards to be telecast live on ABC from the Aladdin on Friday. Tickets  can be purchased by phone at (702) 785-5000, or 1-866-477-5267.

The two-hour special recognizes the achievements of recording artists and radio personalities in the musical formats of Top 40/Pop, Pop Alternative, Hip Hop/Rhythmic, Alternative/Rock and Country. Other performers and presenters include Lenny Kravitz, Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, Stevie Nicks, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Snoop and Nelly Furtado.

Nominees are selected based on radio station airplay as determined by Mediabase 24/7, radio’s leading source for monitored airplay information. In addition to awards based on airplay, awards for Most Requested Artist, Most Requested Song and Most Requested Party Song of the year will be voted on by radio listeners. The Legend Award will be presented to an individual for their significant contributions to the music industry.

Complementing the Radio Music Awards will be the Radio MegaBlast, a two-day event packed with live radio broadcasts, receptions, concerts, awards ceremonies and more.

Aladdin’s Theatre for the Performing Arts was the site of last year’s Radio Music Awards broadcast and also hosted the first Billboard Music Awards.

Teddy Pendergrass at Texas Station

Soul superstar Teddy Pendergrass will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at Texas Station. The show is a rescheduled performance. Tickets for the original Sept. 21 date will be honored. For more information, call (702) 631-1000.

Pendergrass joined Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in 1969 as a drummer and eventually became a featured vocalist. His vocals can be heard on “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” and “I Miss You.” He left the Blue Notes in 1976 and recorded the hits “I Don’t Love You Anymore” and “Love TKO.”

Teddy continued to produce best-selling records following a 1982 auto accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down.

His first post-accident performance was 1985’s Live Aid concert. He is an advocate for the disabled and recently formed the Teddy Pendergrass Alliance, which assists people with spinal chord injuries.

Clint Black to perform at Paris Las Vegas

Clint Black has brought the music world a string of million-selling albums and more than 25 top-10 hits, all of them self-penned. Now the former Houston honky-tonker will perform at Le Theatre des Arts, Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling (702) 946-4567 or (877) 374-7469.

Clint Patrick Black was born in Long Branch, NJ on February 4, 1962, but raised in Houston, Texas. He dropped out of high school to play music, supporting himself with day jobs. After building a local reputation, he was brought to the attention of RCA Records, who signed him to a recording contract in 1987. Starting with his first single, “A Better Man,” in 1989, Black scored four straight No. 1s. That same year, he won the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award and the following year its Male Vocalist of the Year prize. In 1991, he had two triumphs: joining the Grand Ole Opry and marrying actress Lisa Hartman.

His dedication has been repeatedly applauded by his industry. His albums Killin’ Time and Put Yourself in My Shoes became back-to-back multi-platinum successes in 1990-91.

“Hopefully I’ve learned a thing or two through all of this,” Black chuckles. “I’m flying solo right now as a producer and there’s a fear factor that goes along with that,” Black said. “Someday I’m going to have quite a scrapbook to look at.”

Golden Rainbow to host Annual Beaux Arts Ball

The Halloween season kicks into high gear when Golden Rainbow presents the 35th Annual Beaux Arts Ball Monday, October 29. The Beaux Arts Ball is a Las Vegas costume dance party tradition, where the best music and most outrageous costumes rule the night. Best overall costume wins $1,054! DJs are Lisa Puttman and R.O.B. Costume contest hosted by Toni James, Breck Wall and Sue “Motts” Mottsinger.

Doors open for this worthy event at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, call (702) 384-2899, and $25 at the door. All proceeds benefit Golden Rainbow. Golden Rainbow’s vision is to be the premier HIV/AIDS care organization in Southern Nevada providing assistance when needs are often met. As a uniquely caring and responsive nonprofit organization, Golden Rainbow strives to improve the quality of life for persons living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada.

Penn & Teller return to Rio

Penn & Teller, named 2001 Magicians of the Year in Las Vegas, return to the Rio Thursday through Nov. 11. The eccentric pair bring their unique brand of comedy, cerebral magic and quirky humor to the Samba Theater, with performances at 9 p.m.

Penn Jillette and the single-named Teller are consummate tricksters and also the world’s biggest skeptics. Their trickery possesses an entrancing magical element and an intriguing intellectual challenge.

Penn & Teller’s unconventional combination of magic and comedy gained attention when their stage show opened off-Broadway in 1985, leading to appearances on “Late Night with David Letterman,” “Saturday Night Live,” and “Miami Vice.”

Penn & Teller were recently named two of the funniest people alive in Entertainment Weekly’s “50 Greatest Comedians Today” issue.