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 – Ja Rule becomes the first high-profile international artist to tour South Africa. Jeffrey Atkins (born February 29, 1976), better known by his stage name Ja Rule, is an American rapper and actor signed to The Inc. and Universal Records formerly of Def Jam Recordings. A Hollis, New York native best-known for hits such […]
2003 – Kevin MacMichael, guitarist with ’80s hit-makers Cutting Crew (“(I Just) Died in Your Arms”) dies aged 51. Kevin Scott Macmichael (7 November 1951 – 31 December 2002) was a Canadian guitarist, songwriter and record producer, best known for being a member of the 1980s English based pop-rock band, Cutting Crew, who had a […]
2002 – The Who’s John Entwistle is found dead in his hotel room in Las Vegas. He has cocaine in his system, and the Deaths is ruled accidental. He is 57. John Alec Entwistle (October 9, 1944 – June 27, 2002) was an English bass guitarist, songwriter, singer, and horn player, who was best known […]
2002 – Newcomer Alicia Keys wins awards in five of the six Grammy categories she’s been nominated for. Her debut disc, Songs In A Minor dominates the annual affair.
2001 – For the first time ever, the Recording Academy agrees to accept a downloadable single for Grammy consideration. Virgin Records releases two singles, “Dig In,” by Lenny Kravitz and “God Gave Me Everything” by Mick Jagger are released to digital retailers via Liquid Audio.
2001 – Bluesman John Lee Hooker, believed to be 83, dies of natural causes at his home in Los Altos, Calif. The singer/guitarist began his career in 1949, when his Modern Records single “Boogie Chillen” became a No. 1 R&B hit. Lyrics: Boom boom boom boom I’m gonna shoot you right down, right offa your […]
2000 – Carlos Santana’s remarkable 1999 comeback receives further validation when the veteran Latin rocker is nominated for 10 Grammy Awards, including album of the year for his Arista set “Supernatural.”
1999 – Eric Clapton parts with 100 of his guitars and generates over $5 million for his Crossroads Centre at Antigua, and alcohol and drug-dependency treatment center in the West Indies. Among the stringed beauties auctioned off is “Brownie,” a 1956 sunburst Fender upon which he recorded his hit “Layla”; the instrument goes for a […]
1999 – U.K. pop star Robbie Williams scoops a record six nominations for the Brit Awards, the United Kingdom’s equivalent of the Grammys. Williams dominates the shortlist with nominations for best single, best British video and best British album.
1999 – Lauryn Hill receives 10 Grammy nominations for her album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”
1998 – The 7-year-old son of Grammy-winning producer Bill Bottrell falls to his Death from a cliff on the Mendocino County coast in Northern California. Bottrell’s son, William, wanders away late in the afternoon and is later found at the bottom of the cliff. Bottrell won a Grammy for producing Sheryl Crow’s 1994 “All I […]