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Janelle Monáe among USA Network honorees

ZAEH_MONAE_SHOT5-39Atlanta’s Janelle Monáe is among the 12 honorees for the third annual “Character Approved Awards,” produced by the USA Network.

The Awards, which will be detailed in a one-hour interview special at 11 p.m. March 8 on USA, pay tribute to visionaries changing the face of American culture.

Monáe, who lit up the Grammy stage last month with Bruno Mars and fellow ATL-er B.o.B. , was chosen as the music representative. Other honorees include foursquare founders Dennis Crowley and Naveen Selvadurai, Broadway star Lily Rabe and author Nicole Krauss.

Tickets are on sale now for Monáe’s May 10 show with Mars at the Fox Theatre.

Here’s a snippet of Monáe from the USA special talking about her move to Atlanta.

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By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene blog

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Live music picks: March 4-10

Steep Canyon Rangers bring a bit of bluegrass to town for a show at Variety Playhouse on March 5. Photo courtesy Lotos Nile Media

Steep Canyon Rangers bring a bit of bluegrass to town for a show at Variety Playhouse on March 5. Photo courtesy Lotos Nile Media

FRIDAY
Kid Rock

Before Kid Rock broke big in the late 1990s, did anyone think the music world was in need of a hip-hop/country-influenced Southern rock aficionado from Detroit? Kid Rock filled a void that no one knew existed. He’s probably the only artist who could release either a country album, a rock album or a rap album and no one would find it remarkable. The Waffle House aficionado tops the bill, but the reason to go is Jamey Johnson. The Alabama native’s two-disc, 25-track “The Guitar Song” seems to be the consensus choice for best country album of 2010. It’s a collection of bone-deep country that provides a jarring and welcome contrast to the bloodless, antiseptic stuff that passes for country music these days.
7 p.m. March 4. $25-$92.50. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500.

FRIDAY
Bright Eyes

Oklahoma …

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Hot Tickets: March 1

Josh Groban comes to the Gwinnett Arena on June 8. Tickets on sale March 4. Photo: Matt Sayles / Associated Press

Josh Groban comes to the Gwinnett Arena on June 8. Tickets on sale March 4. Photo: Matt Sayles / Associated Press

ON SALE NOW
Sevendust. 8 p.m. April 15. The Tabernacle. $9.61-$19.61. LN.
Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights. 9 p.m. April 21. Vinyl. $12; $10 in advance. TA.

ON SALE MARCH 3
Matt Wertz, Ben Rector. 8:30 p.m. May 6. The Loft. $15. TA.
Matt and Kim. 7 p.m. June 3. Masquerade. $20 in advance. TM.

ON SALE MARCH 4
Duran Duran. 8 p.m. April 4. Center Stage. $59; $56.50 in advance. TM.
Grand Prize Winners From Last Night, Planet Rock. 8 p.m. April 7.  Smith’s Olde Bar – Music Room. $10 in advance.  TA.
The Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Music and Food Festival. Curated and headlined by the Zac Brown Band. Clemson University’s Littlejohn Coliseum Festival Lawn in Clemson, S.C . April 8-10. Single day tickets $22-$32; three-day passes $47-$72. TM.
Marsha Ambrosius, Melanie Fiona, Hal Linton. 8 p.m. April 11. Center Stage. $30. TM.
Donald Glover + Childish …

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