2009 – Stevie Wonder recieves the Gershwin Prize for popular song from President Obama.
2009 – The United States Mint launched a new coin featuring American composer, pianist and bandleader
2009 – The United States Mint launched a new coin featuring American composer, pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington, making him the second African-American to appear by himself on a US coin. There was a half-dollar minted in 1946 with Booker T. Washington on it, making him the first.
2009 – An exhibit of James Brown’s personal belongings opened at South Carolina State University. The collection included photos, crystal-studded suits, and even the hair curlers Brown used to form his signature pompadour.
2009 – Rihanna issued a statement thanking fans for their support after an alleged assault by her R&B singer boyfriend Chris Brown, but the singer declined to comment on a leaked photograph which appeared to show her with facial injuries. The Los Angeles Police Department had launched an internal investigation and asked for the public’s […]
2009 – Michael Jackson’s management team announced that The King Of Pop was set to auction off his American Music Award for “Thriller”, his Gold and Platinum records, a Rolls Royce limousine, a customized Harley Davidson, a velvet cape given to him by his children for Father’s Day in 1998, a pair of rhinestone-trimmed socks […]
2009 – Ronettes singer Estelle Bennett died at her home in Englewood, N.J. She was 67. The 60’s girl group best known for their work with producer Phil Spector had the 1963 hit ‘Be My Baby’ which epitomized the famed “wall of sound” technique. Estelle Bennett (July 22, 1941 – February 2009) was a member […]
2009 – Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant took home five prizes for his collaboration with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss
2009 – Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant took home five prizes for his collaboration with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss at this years Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles. The duo won album of the year for Raising Sand and record of the year for ‘Please Read The Letter.’ Coldplay, (who won song of the year […]
2009 – R&B singer Chris Brown was questioned by police in Los Angeles over a complaint of assault. The 19-year-old had pulled out of his performance at the Grammy Awards, as did his pop star girlfriend Rihanna. Police said Mr Brown argued with an unidentified woman while sitting in a car. Brown had walked into […]
2008 – a Los Angeles judge issued a restraining order against Britney Spears’ manager, after her mother made the request to the court. Lynne Spears claimed Sam Lutfi, 33, had drugged the troubled pop star and interfered with her finances. In a six-page declaration, Lynne Spears said Mr Lutfi “moved into Britney’s home and has […]
2009 – Lux Interior, (Erick Lee Purkhiser) singer and founding member of The Cramps died aged 62. Erick Lee Purkhiser (October 21, 1946 – February 4, 2009), better known as Lux Interior, was an American singer and a founding member of the legendary garage punk band The Cramps from 1976 until his sudden death in […]
2009 – Bruce Springsteen started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Working on a Dream’ his 16th studio album.