PASSAGES: Ashanti Sweeps Music Awards
WON: R&B newcomer Ashanti, 22, took home eight Billboard Music Awards (including top female artist, R&B/hip-hop artist and female R&B/hip-hop artist) Monday night in Las Vegas, while rap star Nelly won six (including top artist, top male artist and R&B/hip-hop artist). Album of the year went to Eminem for “The Eminem Show.” Meanwhile, Puddle of Mudd became the first group to sweep all four rock awards since U2 did it in 1992 by winning artist of the year, top rock track for “Blurry,” modern rock artist and modern rock track, the Associated Press reports.
REVIVED: There’s more bad blood between Paul McCartney and John Lennon‘s widow, Yoko Ono, over Beatles songwriting credits. McCartney’s new live album, “Back in the U.S.,” credits 19 Beatles songs to “Paul McCartney and John Lennon,” rather than “Lennon/McCartney.” According to Rolling Stone, Ono’s lawyer, Peter Shukat, calls McCartney’s action “absolutely inappropriate,” given that Lennon and McCartney had an agreement to credit all their Beatles music to Lennon/McCartney. McCartney disputes that claim, with his spokesman, Geoff Baker, saying Lennon and McCartney agreed in the ’60s that they could alternate the names at will.
BORN: Former “90210” star Jennie Garth, 30, and her husband of nearly two years, “Fastlane” star Peter Facinelli, 29, welcomed their second child, daughter Lola Ray, on Friday, “Entertainment Tonight” reports. She weighed in at 7 lbs. 7 oz. and measured 18 inches. The parents also have a 5-year-old daughter, Luca Bella.
DIED: Glenn Quinn, 32, the visionary half-demon Doyle on the first season of The WB’s “Angel,” died Dec. 3 of unknown causes, the Associated Press reports. The Irish-born actor was perhaps best known as the unwanted son-in-law on the ’90s sitcom “Roseanne,” on which his character ran off with daughter Becky over the loud protests of parents Roseanne and Dan.
CANCELED: It’s over for the apparently jinxed Guns N’ Roses tour, the group’s first in nearly a decade, MTV News reports. The decision to end it all came after the band canceled its scheduled stop at Philadelphia’s First Union Center Friday night because lead singer Axl Rose failed to appear. It was the second no-show in a month. Health issues are being blamed, says AP.
HURT: “Crocodile Dundee” star Paul Hogan, 63, was recovering in a Sydney, Australia, hospital Monday due to a slipped disc he sustained while moving furniture, reports AP. The hospital issued a brief statement saying the actor would be back on his feet within a few weeks and asking that his privacy be respected.
ENGAGED: Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, 29, and soccer star Mia Hamm, 30, are planning to tie the knot “within the next two years,” they tell the Boston Herald. Garciaparra, a two-time American League batting champion, proposed to Hamm, the top scorer in the history of the U.S. women’s national team, over Thanksgiving, when he got down on one knee and popped the question. Hamm’s 1995-2001 marriage to Marine helicopter pilot Christiaan Corry ended in divorce.