Sarah McLachlan gets two awards the MTV Video Music Award nominations are announced.


New York will be changing from the Empire State to the Lilith State tonight, when Sarah McLachlan is feted in a gala event by Governor George Pataki and her record company, Arista. At 6:30 in Central Park, Pataki will present McLachlan with the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Visionary Award for founding the female-friendly Lilith Fair last year. (The award is named after a famous 1840’s campaigner for women’s suffrage.)

After the ceremony, Arista Records president Clive Davis will throw an invitation-only party in honor of McLachlan’s album “Surfacing,” which just went triple platinum, and her single, “Adia” (No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100), which went gold. The sensitive singer may need to watch what she eats at the bash: Food poisoning (not a pregnancy, as rumored) caused her to back out of the July 5 Columbus, Ohio, Lilith Show. — Josh Wolk

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