Looks like today’s pop acts rarely take the “live” in Saturday Night Live seriously.

Just one week after Ashlee Simpson lip-synched on the show, Eminem was found guilty of the same offense, reports The New York Post.

“He was singing “Mosh’ and you could tell he was lip-synching,” said a source. “The track was just a bit ahead of his lips and he put the mike down at one point but the track kept going.”

Eminem’s rep said he was merely trying to “duplicate the sound on his album. He had a vocal track on for double vocal effect on the first song, to make it more powerful. Lots of hip-hop artists do that. Tupac Shakur did it.”

Rock in the blood

Rock playboy Rod Stewart can now look forward to welcoming a rocking new son-in-law: His model daughter Kimberly is set to tie the knot with a musician, reports Hellomagazine.com.

Kimberly, whose mother is Rod’s first wife Alana, showed off her brand new engagement ring when she and her boyfriend, musician Cisco Adler, stepped out together at the Radio Music Awards in Los Angeles.

Adler and the 25-year-old Kimberly have apparently been “unofficially engaged” for sometime, despite a reported split earlier this year.

To show her dedication to the two men in her life, Kimberly recently had a tattoo dedicated to both her beau and her famous father etched on her hip.

“It started with “Daddy’s little girl’ and then “Daddy’s little girl loves Cisco,’ ” she explained. “If I ever split with him then I would change it to “Daddy’s little girl loves Disco!’ “

Gaga over Gabriel

Rock legend Peter Gabriel has been honored with the Music Industry Trusts’ Award, reports The Associated Press.

Those paying tribute to Gabriel, who began his career with Genesis before becoming a successful solo artist, included U2’s Bono, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe and film director Martin Scorsese.

Gabriel, 54, received his award Monday in a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. It was presented by Richard Branson, who signed Gabriel to his then-label Virgin Records in the 1970s.

The honorary award is given each year to an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to the British music industry. Previous recipients include Elton John and Beatles producer George Martin.

Stars from the film and music world sent video messages of congratulation.

In his, Stipe said: “I’m proud to be on the Earth at the same time as you are. If anyone deserves this award, it’s you.”

William Hung 101

Perhaps in homage to Clay Aiken and Fantasia Barrino, who both hail from North Carolina, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte will soon offer a course requiring students to watch “American Idol” twice a week, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Starting in January, when the show returns for a fourth season, assistant musicology professor Jay Grymes will teach the elective “Examining American Idol Through Musical Critique.”

The show that springboarded runner-up Aiken and winner Barrino to fame – as well as hurtling the tone-deaf William Hung into brief superstardom – is expected to provoke meaningful academic discussion about performing and performance criticism, while delving into the history of the themes that contestants must comply with each week.

For their final paper, students will argue their choice of winner. And to think there are critics who say academic standards on America’s campuses are in decline!


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