Stephen M. Silverman
April 08, 2003 04:16 PM

VINDICATED: Toby Keith‘s patriotism paid off at Country Music Television’s 2003 Flameworthy Video Music Awards in Nashville on Monday, reports the Associated Press. Keith, who cohosted the show with Pamela Anderson, won the Male Video of the Year and Cocky Video of the Year for his “Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American).” Keith wanted to sing the song last year as the opening act on ABC’s July 4 special, but producers rejected it because the lyrics were too angry and he ended up not performing. “The night we had tonight vindicates me for the controversy from that song,” said Keith, 41. Other CMT winners included Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Faith Hill and Shania Twain.

ANNOUNCED: Avon Books has secured the rights to publish the first book about Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart, who was dramatically discovered and returned to her family last month after having been missing for nine months. “Held Captive: The Kidnapping and Rescue of Elizabeth Smart” is set to arrive in bookstores this summer, reports USA Today. It will be co-written by reporters Maggie Haberman and Jeane MacIntosh, who covered the story for the New York Post and New York Daily News, respectively

VANISHED: Former Beatle Paul McCartney, 60, canceled the second show of his first British tour in 10 years, saying he had lost his voice. “I’ve caught a cold which made my voice start to go after last night’s show,” the musician’s spokesman, Geoff Baker, quoted McCartney as saying. McCartney opened the British leg of his “Back in the World” tour with a Saturday concert in Sheffield, northern England, the Associated Press reports.

HONORED: Actor Beau Bridges, 61, received his star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame Monday — and landed next to the stars for his younger brother, Jeff, and his father, the late “Sea Hunt” star Lloyd Bridges. Bridges’s mother, Dorothy Bridges, accompanied her son to the ceremony. (Jeff was out of town, says AP.) “Thanks to my family and friends and for those who I don’t know, thanks for coming to be a part of this magnificent tradition,” said Beau. “This is very important to me.”

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