By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated November 13, 2001 12:14 PM
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SCHEDULED: Alicia Keys, ‘N Sync, Tim McGraw and Shaggy are due to perform at the 2001 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Dec. 4. The 12th annual ceremony will honor the year’s top artists and songs, as rated by record charts, sales and radio airplay. The show is scheduled to air live on Fox TV from 8-10 p.m. ET . . . WON: “Aftermath” TV star Robert Urich, 55, who has been successfully battling cancer for years, can claim another victory. “Last summer they found some lumps, but a wonder drug cleared them up,” Urich told Variety columnist Army Archerd, who reports that, after a Friday medical checkup, the actor is okay. Five years ago, says Archerd, Urich discovered a very rare sarcoma in his groin. He underwent treatment surgeries at Cedars-Sinai L.A. as well as hospitals in Ann Arbor, Mich., Boston and Detroit . . . DIED: Fashion editor and TV’s “The Lady from Old Navy,” CARRIE DONOVAN, 73, passed away Monday in Manhattan after ailing for several months, reports The New York Times, which acknowledged her eye for design and her screwball quality. Money slipped through her fingers, says The Times, though she also knew how to point a finger at upcoming designers. Meanwhile, in Florida, magician MELVIN BURKHART, 94, known in the heyday of carnivals as “The Human Blockhead,” died Thursday of a stroke. He was celebrated for his ability to hammer a spike into his head through a cavity behind his nostril and make both sides of his face do different things. “It’s the end of the era, it really is,” friend and magician Bill Dahlquist told the Associated Press.