Police are searching for the person who peppered Busta Rhymes's sport-utility vehicle with bullets during a drive-by shooting Friday night in New York City. No one was in the car, which Rhymes had parked outside the offices of Violator Records and Violator Management in Manhattan just minutes before the shooting occurred. The agency, whose clients include Rhymes, Missy Elliott and 50 Cent, was the scene of a shooting in January when someone fired at least six rounds in the 11th-floor reception area. A police spokesman said it was not known if Rhymes, whose real name is Trevor Smith, was the intended target . . . More Than Tough Enough: MTV canceled its planned "MC Battles" rap contest after a melee broke out among the thousands of hip-hop hopefuls who had lined up outside the station's Times Square studios Sunday night. The first 1,000 eligible contestants would have had the chance to show off their MC skills before a panel of judges for the chance to win a recording contract and $25,000. Two police officers were injured and four people were arrested during the ruckus . . . Faux Foo: Members of Foo Fighters had unexpected company during their Grammy acceptance speech Sunday night. While band members stood at the podium giving their speeches, a large man stood behind them. As singer Dave Grohl was wrapping up his thank-yous, the man leaned into the microphone and remarked, "And rock would not be anything without B.B. King." Grohl responded, "I was gonna, I was gonna say that." Backstage, the band members said they had no idea who the man was . . . Local Winner: Washington's own 9:30 club was named Nightclub Venue of the Year at the 2002 Pollstar Concert Industry Awards on Feb. 8 in Los Angeles. The club, which also won the award in 1997 and 1999, was voted best by music industry insiders, including concert promoters, booking agents, artist managers and record label executives.

-- Compiled by K. Wilcox

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