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Plenty of music hits the TV airwaves this weekend

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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It's a good weekend to see music as well as hear it, with a number of major programs hitting the airwaves.

The eight-episode "1971: The Year Music Changed Everything" debuts Friday, May 21, on Apple TV+, examining major works by Marvin Gaye, David Bowie, Sly & the Family Stone, the Rolling Stones and many more in the context of politics and social upheaval. And check out Bill Withers sporting a vintage Pine Knob T-shirt in Episode 7.

"P!nk: All I Know So Far" documents the daredevil pop singer and her Beautiful Trauma World Tour, starting Friday, May 21, on Prime Video, with a companion live album released the same day.

Sting, Jhene Aiko, Saweetie and others perform as part of "See Us Unite For Change," airing at 8 p.m. Friday, May 21, on MTV and its affiliated networks. Hosted by Ken Jeong, the special benefits the Asian American Foundation as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

"My Life on MTV" begins its 10-episode run at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 22, with Snoop Dogg and Sean "Diddy" Combs remembering their favorite moments on the channel. Future episodes include Backstreet Boys, U2, Britney Spears, Green Day, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and more.

Country star Clint Black launches "Talking in Circles with Clint Black," a new talk and performance series at 10 p.m. Saturday, May 22, via circleallaccess.com.

The Billboard Music Awards tries to reverse the trend of award show malaise at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 23, on NBC (WDIV-Channel 4 in Detroit). Hosted by Nick Jonas from Los Angeles, the show features performances by The Weeknd, BTS, Twenty One Pilots, Duran Duran with Graham Coxon and more, while P!nk receives the Icon Award, Drake will be named Artist of the Decade and Trae Tha Truth will take home the Change Maker Award.

The "American Idol" season finale features guest performances by Linsdey Buckingham, Luke Combs, Chaka Khan, Sheryl Crow, Mickey Guyton, Leona Lewis, Alessia Cara, Macklemore and Fall Out Boy, as well as the show's judges at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 23, on ABC (WXYZ-Channel 7 in Detroit).

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