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 […]
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 – The Native American Cultural Center calls for a boycott of CBS after OutKast perform “Hey Ya!” dressed as American Indians during the Grammy broadcast. “We’re not attacking OutKast as artists,” says Andrew Brother Elk, “but we are going to question the commercialization of our symbols.”
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 […]
2001 – Steely Dan, U2, Eminem and Faith Hill each win three Grammy wins at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.