WEEK AHEAD: Madonna 'Confesses' on Primetime!

WEEK AHEAD: Madonna 'Confesses' on Primetime!
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updated 11/17/2006 at 05:25 PM EST

originally published 11/18/2006 06:00AM

The Material Mom performs for the 8 o'clock crowd on her NBC concert special on Wednesday. PEOPLE takes a look at the controversial singer's London outing, plus other events to watch out for in the coming week:

TUESDAY, NOV. 21: Mariah Carey leads the pack of nominees at the American Music Awards, airing live from L.A.'s Shrine Auditiorium (ABC, 8 p.m. ET). Jimmy Kimmel hosts the event, with performances from Beyoncé and Carrie Underwood, who's up for favorite new breakthrough artist with rapper Chamillionaire and the Pussycat Dolls. And Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie may show off their renewed friendship once again: They're scheduled to be presenters.

Rapper Jay-Z is back from retirement (surprise, surprise) with the release of his anticipated album, Kingdom Come, featuring hip-hop heavies Dr. Dre and Kanye West and even Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. Including his recent world tour, Jay-Z has undertaken a breathless publicity plan: On Nov. 18 he took his private jet across the U.S. to perform seven 30-minute concerts.

Legendary crooner Tony Bennett and some of his famous friends have joined voices for the NBC special Tony Bennett: An American Classic (8 p.m. ET). If you watched last week's Saturday Night Live, you already got a taste of Bennett's duet with Christina Aguilera. "He's always interested in the artist who is special and who'll have legs – and he really feels that about Christina," director Rob Marshall tells PEOPLE about the jazz great teaming up with the pop diva. Other celebs singing with Tony include John Legend ("Sing You Sinners"), Stevie Wonder ("For Once in My Life") and Elton John.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 22: One thing you won't be seeing when NBC airs Madonna: The Confessions Tour – Live from London is the singer suspended from a giant cross. Though the singer has defended the crucifixion scene – "I don't think Jesus would be mad at me and the message I'm trying to send," she told the New York Daily News – she also agreed to cut it from the two-hour special (8 p.m. ET). But, rest assured, there will be plenty other controversial moments to feast your eyes on.

NEW THIS WEEK:
Movies (now in theaters): Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig, Eva Green and Judi Dench; Fast Food Nation, starring Greg Kinnear, Bruce Willis and Wilmer Valderrama; Happy Feet, starring (voices of) Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy and Hugh Jackman; Let's Go to Prison, starring Dax Shepard and Will Arnett; Candy, (limited) starring Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish and Geoffrey Rush
Music (in stores Tuesday): Brand New, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me; Chris Daughtry, Daughtry; Il Divo, Siempre; Patti LaBelle, The Gospel According to Patti LaBelle; Loreena McKennitt, An Ancient Muse; Rock Star Supernova, Supernova; Snoop Dogg, The Blue Carpet Treatment
DVDs (in stores Tuesday): An Inconvenient Truth; Ice Age – The Meltdown; Alias – The Complete Fifth Season; Seinfeld – Season Seven; Boston Legal – Season Two; Columbo – The Complete Sixth and Seventh Seasons
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