After a year's hiatus, the Washington Area Music Association's fifth annual Wammie Awards will be held Sunday in the Grand Ballroom of the Capitol Hill Hyatt Regency. There will be awards in 86 categories; most of the nominations and balloting came from WAMA's membership, but several of the awards were voted on by the general public. There will be a cocktail reception for nominees at 6 p.m., with the ceremony itself starting at 7 p.m. and featuring performances by Pete Kennedy, OHO, Peligro, Main Event, Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra, Jimmy Thackery and the Assassins, Radioblue, Wrathchild America, Big Bang Theory and Pleasure. A post-awards dance party featuring Big Bang Theory and Pleasure will start around 10 p.m. Tickets for WAMA members are $10 in advance; tickets for non-WAMA members are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. This year's show is sponsored in part by BMI and Miller Genuine Draft. For information or reservations, call 522-8160.

Incidentally, the recent WAMA Crosstown Charity Jam, featuring the volunteered services of hundreds of musicians and the donated facilities of dozens of clubs, raised more than $20,000 for local charities.

Big Booking for G Street G Street Express Inc., the Washington-based concert production company, will be handling this summer's hottest rap package, featuring Public Enemy, Heavy D and the Boyz, Kid N' Play, Digital Underground, En Vogue and Chill Rob G. It's a 50-city tour, playing mostly arenas, including Capital Centre on July 3. "It's geared for a dance and fun audience," says G Street's Darryll Brooks. "Digital Undergound are hilarious party animals, Heavy D is the overweight lover everybody loves, Kid N' Play is hot with young teens, PE has the hottest dance tracks in the country. ... Between the dance music and the {demographics} that go to arenas, you can't get any better than this."

G Street will also be doing the New Kids on the Block concert at RFK Stadium July 17, reflecting one of the most interesting turnarounds in recent years: The humongously popular white teen act has a totally black management company. As a further sign of progress, Brooks points out that the rap tour is the first he's aware of in more than a decade in which all of the acts have black managers, and most of the acts record for black-owned labels. G Street itself is one of the few nationally active black tour promoters.

The Kids Are All Over Yesterday almost 3 million copies of "Step by Step," the new release from New Kids on the Block, were shipped to record outlets, with some stores setting up slumber party sales for distaff fans who couldn't wait for daylight to get either the album or the accompanying long-form video (the first time a long-form video has been released at the same time as an album, and so what if it only includes two songs from that album). The first two NKOTB videos sold more than 1 million copies each, the two largest sellers in music video history. The "Step by Step" single shipped double platinum in four formats: seven-inch, 12-inch, maxi-cassette and cassingle.

As if to prove that they're not one-dimensional, NKOTB fans have put three Kid bios on the bestseller lists, including Bantam's "New Kids on the Block," an instant book (three weeks) that has already sold 2 million copies, second only to "The Simple Solution to Rubik's Cube" (7 million copies). All three books (the others are "The Lives and Loves of the New Kids on the Block" and "New Kids on the Block Scrapbook") were "unauthorized," so Bantam must be licking its chops over prospects for the band's first "official autobiography," the aptly titled "Our Story: New Kids on the Block, by Joseph, Jonathan, Donnie, Danny and Jordan." With a first printing of 575,000, the $10.95 trade paperback should be headed for the charts as well, particularly since the Kids will be hyping it during their summer concert tour, 60 dates before an estimated 3 million fans.

Meanwhile, NKOTB are suing four firms under trademark infringement laws for allegedly operating unauthorized New Kids 900 phone numbers; the band averages more than 100,000 calls a week, along with 30,000 fan letters a day. Lawyers for the poor little rich Kids are seeking $91 million in damages.

Courting Sparks Speaking of suits: A New York judge has directed Aretha Franklin to pay $260,000 to a Broadway producer for her failure to fulfill a commitment to appear as the star of a contemplated show based on the life of gospel legend Mahalia Jackson ... Alannah Myles has put aside the "Black Velvet" for an iron fist, filing a $2.7 million slander suit against rock manager Bruce Allen over remarks he made suggesting Myles advanced her career sexually ... Pop gospel star Amy Grant is suing Marvel Comics for using a likeness of her on the March 15 cover of "Dr. Strange Sorcerer Supreme." Grant says the illustration is "copied or derived" from the inner sleeve of her 1986 greatest hits album.