2008 – Grammys still on. While the writers’ strike put a damper on the Golden Globes, the Writers Guild of America announced Tuesday (January 22) that the striking union will not protest the upcoming Grammy Awards, as had been expected. The unresolved writers’ strike already resulted in a scaled-back Golden Globes and was looming over […]
2007 – Stu Sweatman begins prototyping the idea for “THIS DAY IN ROCK” website, where you can find many facts about musicians and what happend on a given day in history! He joined forces with John Myer’s to create the information base you see. Although the site contains facts from all genres, we tried to […]
2006 – Surprising no one, Shakira is the big winner at the seventh annual Latin Grammy Awards, taking home four statues during the ceremony at Madison Square Garden. The Colombian pop star wins song and record of the year awards for “La Tortura,” a duet with Spaniard Alejandro Sanz. She also receives trophies for female […]
2006 – Bob Geldof is honored with a special achievement accolade at the German industry’s annual Echo Awards in Berlin. The veteran Irish musician and humanitarian is lauded for masterminding the historic Live 8 concerts, and for his distinguished career both as frontman of the Boomtown Rats and as a solo artist.
2005 – Former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant is presented with his lifetime achievement Grammy award at the South By Southwest (SXSW) music festival and conference in Austin, Texas. Plant, who was unable to attend February’s Grammy ceremonies in Los Angeles, receives the trophy from Recording Academy president Neil Portnow, who is on hand to […]
2005 – Lyn Collins, one of James Brown’s “Funky People,” dies in Los Angeles aged 56. The singer, nicknamed the “Female Preacher,” was sampled on Rob Base & D.J. E-Z Rock’s hit “It Takes Two.”
2004 – The Grammy nominations are announced, with Kanye West snagging 10 nods for his debut album The College Dropout. Usher and Alicia Keys are in second place with eight nominations each.
2004 – US songwriter John Whitehead is killed by a lone gunman on This Day in Rock. Internationally famous with such hits as “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now”, “The Back Stabbers”, and “Sound of Philadelphia”, John was nominated three times for Grammy Awards. Famous for quoting, “People who make music together cannot be enemies as […]
2003 – Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes wins five Latin Grammy awards for his album Un Dia Normal (A Normal Day), including record and album of the year.
2003 – Dire Straits singer-guitarist Mark Knopfler is hospitalized after his motorcycle collides with a car in London. He suffers a broken collarbone and six broken ribs.
2003 – Norah Jones wins eight Grammys, including Album of the Year for Come Away With Me. At the show, Bruce Springsteen, “Little Steven” Van Zandt, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, Tony Canal of No Doubt, and Elvis Costello perform The Clash’s “London Calling” as a tribute to the late Joe Strummer.