2005 – Bob Moog, inventor of his namesake range of synthesizers and one of the most significant figures in the evolution of electronic music, dies at his home in Asheville, N.C. He is 71. A native of N.Y., Moog was diagnosed with brain cancer in late April and had since undergone radiation treatment and chemotherapy. […]
2005 – Kanye West emerges a double winner at the 2005 BET Awards, picking up statuettes for best male hip-hop artist and video of the year for “Jesus Walks.”
2005 – Irish vocalist Sinead O’Connor makes a rare live appearance at the fifth annual Jammy Awards in New York. O’Connor’s performance with reggae legend Burning Spear constitutes her first on-stage appearance in New York in more than five years.
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 – The Scissor Sisters went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their self-titled album. They went on to win Best International Album as well as best international Group and International Breakthrough act at the 2005 Brit awards.
2004 – No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani makes her solo television performance debut when she opens the American Music Awards broadcast on ABC. She joins performers Kenny Chesney, Josh Groban, Toby Keith, Jessica Simpson, Usher, Kanye West and Gretchen Wilson.
2004 – Usher and R&B queen Anastacia are named the top male and female artists at the first Nordic Music Awards is Oslo, Norway. Danish rap group Outlandish wins Best Nordic Artist.
2004 – For his enduring influence and contributions to music, Stevie Wonder is named the 2004 recipient of the Chart Toppers Century Award. Wonder follows George Harrison (who received the inaugural award in 1992), Buddy Guy, Billy Joel, Joni Mitchell, Carlos Santana, Chet Atkins, James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Randy Newman, John Mellencamp, Annie Lennox and […]
2004 – After nearly 60 years of recordings, Ray Charles posthumously earns the first platinum award of his career with “Genius Loves Company” during September certifications by the RIAA. The R&B veteran’s final studio album debuted at No. 2 on The Chart Toppers 200 in September, 2004, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Charles scored five gold […]
2004 – UK R&B singer Jamelia and Kanye West each win three awards at the Music of Black Origin Awards in London. A protest is held outside the venue in support of Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel, who were banned from the awards for their homophobic lyrics.
2004 – With three awards each, Usher and OutKast are the top winners at the 16th annual World Music Awards. Usher _ who opens the show with first single “Yeah!” from his contemporary LaFace/Zomba set “Confessions” _ earns the world’s best male artist, best pop male artist and best R&B artist awards. OutKast takes home […]
2004 – Bobby Gillespie, singer with British rock band Primal Scream, is awarded undisclosed damagers in a libel suit against a tabloid that alleged he was having an affair with supermodel Kate Moss. Moss duetted with the band on a version of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood’s “Some Velvet Morning.”