BURBANK, Calif. -- March 18, 2003 -- Recording stars B2K, Vivian Green and Duncan Sheik hit their marks as the newest guest stars this spring on NBC's "American Dreams" (Sundays, 8-9 p.m. ET). The series matches classic with contemporary as it uses today's au courant recording stars to portray famous musical icons of the mid-1960s, the tumultuous era that is depicted in "American Dreams." For example, Recent Grammy- winners Usher played Motown legend Marvin Gaye, while Michelle Branch played pop princess Lesley Gore. Likewise, Grammy-winners Ashanti embodied Dionne Warwick and India.Arie gave voice to activist singer Nina Simone.
The newest wave of musical guest-stars includes Vivian Green (http:// www.viviangreen.com), whose debut album "A Love Story," climbed the Billboard charts and was named one of the 10 best albums of 2002 by USA Today. She will portray Motown great Brenda Holloway in an episode airing Sunday, April 6 (8-9 p.m. ET) and will sing Holloway's hit, "Every Little Bit Hurts."
R&B artists B2K will appear as the Temptations performing "My Girl" on the recreated "American Bandstand" set on an April episode. B2K scored platinum album sales with their self-titled debut and hooked the nation with their number one hit ?Uh Huh.? Nearly a year later, the LA-based foursome have proved lightening can strike twice with their follow-up CD "Pandemonium" which spawned the hit single "Bump, Bump, Bump," a duet with P. Diddy. The group has been nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards, two American Music Awards and won BET's coveted Viewer's Choice award. In addition, they were voted "Best Group" by the editors of Vibe magazine as part of their annual "Vibe of the Year Awards," and received a Billboard Music Award for having the "biggest selling R&B single of the year".
Duncan Sheik's album "Daylight" was hailed by People magazine as one of last year's "10 Best." The South Carolina native will play the memorable Bobby Darin and will sing the late star's hit song "Beyond the Sea" in an episode airing Sunday, March 30 (8-9 p.m. ET). That episode will also feature Grammy-winner LeAnn Rimes. Rimes will appear as Connie Francis performing ?Where the Boys Are? on the re-created set of "American Bandstand."
It might be a bit farfetched to hint that the road to Grammy gold made a detour through the nostalgic drama "American Dreams" - but at this year?s Grammy Awards, recent musical performers/guest-stars took home some heavy-duty hardware. Usher won for Best Male R &B Vocal, Performance for "U Don't Have to Call"; Ashanti received one of the honors for Best Contemporary R&B Album for "Ashanti" and India.Arie earned Best Urban/Alternative Performance for her track of "Little Things." Branch earned a statuette with Santana for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for their song "The Game of Love." In addition, multi-Grammy winner Art Garfunkel - who has a recurring role as the owner of a record shop with a performance stage - also received a Grammy with former partner Paul Simon for Lifetime Achievement.
"We couldn't be luckier to find so many talented contemporary artists who choose to pay homage to their heroes on our show," said Jonathan Prince, "American Dreams" creator and executive producer. "And, when I watched the Grammy's - with so many of those singers winning awards and appearing on the show - I thought the credits for that show might have read - 'The Grammy Awards: starring the All-Star guest cast of 'American Dreams'."
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