May 21, 2004 04:00 PM

Will the next Kelly Clarkson please stand up? America weighs in on music’s Next Big Thing, as PEOPLE scopes out the coming week in pop culture:

MONDAY, MAY 24: Madonna has made a career out of redefining herself, so it’s little wonder that the Kabbalist Chameleon is calling her latest concert the Re-Invention Tour. Along with reworking her classic songs, the veteran pop star is planning plenty of couture costume changes – from designers such as Prada, Karl Lagerfield, Jean-Paul Gaultier and pal Stella McCartney, among others. Of course, it’s going to take some serious cash to check out the show, which kicks off May 24 at the Forum in L.A.: premium seats cost $300 at some venues. Or, you can just wait for the video, as director Jonas Akerlund will chronicle the Re-Invention Tour (a la Truth or Dare) for an upcoming theatrical documentary.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26: American Idol’s third season has been filled with scandals aplenty (Jennifer Hudson and La Toya London voted off; alleged unfair calling practices), but now we’ve finally reached the end. Will pop belter Diana DeGarmo’s gloss match soul queen Fantasia Barrino’s gospelized grit? The singers will have their final chance to impress their nationwide audience on Tuesday, May 25, when they’ll give their last performances.

As FOX crowns its next pop phenom, CBS will be airing one of country music’s biggest nights, the 39th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Hosted by singer-actress Reba McEntire (who will mark her seventh time as emcee), the event will be broadcast live from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and feature performances by Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Loretta Lynn, Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney (who will duet with rocker Uncle Kracker). Country icon Willie Nelson will be honored with a special achievement award, while Alan Jackson is up for eight nominations (entertainer of the year and top male vocalist among them).

FRIDAY, MAY 28: Brazil’s Rock in Rio is taking place in Portugal this year. But if that’s not confusing enough, those lucky souls attending the festival will have to navigate their way through two full weekends of music – May 28-30 and June 4-6 – and a roster of some 70 performers, including Alicia Keys, Sting, Metallica, Ben Harper, Incubus and Peter Gabriel. Paul McCartney will have the stage to himself on the festival’s opening day. The shows will benefit organizations such as Childreach, an international nonprofit group working to create better lives for underprivileged children.

While music stars rock out for a good cause, Michael Jackson and his legal team will return to Santa Barbara County Superior Court for another round of motions in his child molestation case. This week, lawyers for a group of news organizations were rebuffed in their attempt to unseal the grand jury indictment against Jackson, including 13 days worth of testimony transcripts. The singer has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

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