Alan Jackson wins big at the Country Music Awards. Plus, news about David Blaine, Martha Stewart, Terry Farrell, Rosie O'Donnell, P. Diddy, James Franco, Annette Bening, David Schwimmer, Alien Ant Farm, Jenny McCarthy, and others

By Gary Susman
May 23, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT
Alan Jackson: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images/NewsCom

SOUND BITES Alan Jackson and were the big winners at a flag-waving 37th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony Wednesday at Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheater. Each took home three trophies, including Song and Single of the Year for Jackson for his post-Sept. 11 ballad ”Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” and Best Video for Brooks & Dunn’s ”Only in America.” The duo also won the Entertainer of the Year award, bringing their career total of ACM trophies to 16, making them the most honored ACM artists ever. Jackson was the year’s Top Male Vocalist; Martina McBride picked up her first ACM award to date as Top Female Vocalist. The unstoppable ”O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack won two prizes, Album and Vocal Event of the Year (for the Soggy Bottom Boys‘ ”I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow”). Other awards went to Lonestar (Top Vocal Group), Trick Pony (Top New Vocal Group), Phil Vassar (Top New Male Vocalist), and token Canadian Carolyn Dawn Johnson. (Top New Female Vocalist). Toby Keith, who performed ”Courtesy of the Red White and Blue (The Angry American),” was the show’s India.Arie; nominated for six awards, he went home empty-handed….

may or may not have invented the remix, but he should be thanking whoever invented the rebate. His ”P. Diddy and Bad Boy Records Present: We Invented the Remix” is the third discount-priced CD in two months to debut atop the Billboard album charts, after Musiq‘s ”Juslisen” last week and Ashanti‘s self-titled album last month. ”Remix” sold 255,550 copies, according to SoundScan, edging out rapper Cam’ron‘s ”Come Home With Me,” which debuted at No. 2 on sales of 225,675. Other first-week releases storming the chart included Weezer‘s ”Maladroit” (No. 3, 151,975 copies), Moby‘s ”18” (No. 4, 126,300 sold), and Rush‘s comeback disc ”Vapor Trails” (No. 6, 107,950 discs).

”Juslisen” dropped four spots to No. 5 (115,775 sold), and ”Ashanti” slipped three places to No. 7. Rounding out the top 10 were Celine Dion‘s ”A New Day Has Come” (No. 8), ”NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 9” (No. 9), and Sheryl Crow‘s ”C’mon, C’mon” (No. 10).

TUBE TALK Rosie O’Donnell bid farewell to six Emmy-winning years of morning TV Wednesday in a final live broadcast of her that focused on some of her favorite obsessions, including Broadway and Tom Cruise. A chorus of singers and dancers from the Great White Way (including John Lithgow and Vanessa Williams) performed and gave thanks to their biggest booster, culminating in an appearance by Nathan Lane. ”I’m sorry I’m not Tom Cruise,” he said. ”In fact, I’m sorry I’m not Penelope Cruz! This is the biggest gay celebration since Liza’s wedding!” Cruise did show up at the end of the show, albeit via videotape, fulfilling O’Donnell’s famous fantasy: he was shown mowing the lawn and offering her a glass of lemonade. Rosie fans can still watch her hosting new shows for six more weeks (that’s how many taped episodes she has in the can); then the show will go into reruns until September, when Caroline Rhea takes over the franchise….

Update on David Blaine: still not dead. In ”David Blaine’s Vertigo,” his third stunt/performance art piece for ABC, the magician stood for 35 hours on a 22-inch-wide platform atop an 80-foot pillar in New York’s Bryant Park, then jumped into a pile of cardboard boxes at the conclusion of last night’s live broadcast. The plunge was perhaps more dramatic than the endurance test, which found Blaine in the middle of midtown Manhattan, crammed into a tiny space, on his feet all day, looking at a 12-foot pile of trash, carrying little more than a cell phone, and with no access to a bathroom. In other words, it was like a typical day for a New York City pedestrian…