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2017 LL Cool J, 49, becomes the youngest person to receive a Kennedy Center Honor, and the first rapper to do so.

2016 Thanks to a spike in sales following his death, Leonard Cohen's original version of "Hallelujah" enters the Hot 100 at #59, giving Cohen his first entry on the chart.

2015 Crosby, Stills & Nash, which formed in 1968, finally implode at the White House National Christmas Tree Lighting concert when Stephen Stills throws a pick at David Crosby for talking over him. They get though a performance of "Silent Night," but never play together again.

2014 Sonny Bivins, leader of The Manhattans, dies at age 78.

2014 Graeme Goodall, an Australian recording engineer and co-founder of Island Records, dies at age 82.

2014 Ian McLagan (keyboardist for Small Faces, Faces) dies of a stroke at age 69.

2014 A fake MSNBC report claims that Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has been found dead in his West Hollywood home. The band's official Facebook page posts photos of the singer with the caption "Ha! They say I'm dead -- again… Wait, what? WTF? It's a hoax. Guys. Get a life at ParadiseCity.com." The link references the band's online fan community.

2000 Kevin Mills, Newsboys' former bassist, is killed in a motorbike accident. He was 32.

1992 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards confirm the rumors that Bill Wyman, their bass player since 1962, will be leaving The Rolling Stones.

1988 Carole King and Gerry Goffin receive a Lifetime Achievement award from the US National Academy of Songwriters.

1984 "Do They Know It's Christmas?," the first charity single on a grand scale, is released in the UK with proceeds going to help famine victims in Ethiopia. It becomes the biggest-selling single in UK history, a record that stands until 1997 when it's overtaken by Elton John's updated version of "Candle In The Wind." The single is released in America a week later.

1983 Songwriter Irving Taylor dies in Los Angeles. He co-wrote "Everybody Loves Somebody," which later became a hit for Dean Martin.

1981 At a show in Hartford, Connecticut, AC/DC is prohibited from firing their cannons during "For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)," as police enforce an ordinance banning stage weaponry.

1979 Daniel Bedingfield is born in New Zealand. He is the older brother of fellow singers Natasha Bedingfield and Nikola Rachelle.

1978 The Cure drummer Lol Tolhurst accidentally pees on Billy Idol backstage after a show in Bristol, England, where The Cure are opening for Idol's band Generation X. Idol is entertaining a young lady in a men's room stall when Tolhurst unloads his lager, missing the urinal and hitting Idol's leg. The Cure are kicked off the tour the next day.

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Madonna Defends "Justify My Love" On Nightline


Madonna appears on the news program Nightline, where she debuts her video for "Justify My Love," which MTV has refused to play. As the lascivious clip plays, Madonna provides commentary, answering questions from host Forrest Sawyer.

Co-written and produced by Lenny Kravitz, "Justify My Love" is one of a few original songs from Madonna's greatest hits album The Immaculate Collection and was released as its lead single on November 6. When the video fails to make it past MTV's censors, Madonna appears on Nightline to discuss the controversial clip and the topic of censorship. In the black-and-white video, we meet the scantily clad Material Girl in a hotel room, where she plans to fulfill the sexual fantasies she whispers about in the song. Joining her are an array of men and women in various stages of undress, waiting to take turns as both lovers and spectators. When asked by Nightline's Forrest Sawyer if there's a line she won't cross in her increasingly sexual works of art, the singer says she abhors violence and degradation against women, but she's against censorship of any kind. As far as the children who may be tuning into her X-rated exploits, Madonna thinks there's much more harmful content on the network. If her videos are going to be censored, she says, any videos with sensitive content should be. "If we're gonna have censorship, let's not be hypocrites about this. Let's not have double standards. I mean, why is it OK for 10-year-olds to see someone's body being ripped to shreds?" she asks. "Why do parents not have a problem with that? Why do they have a problem with two consenting adults displaying affection to each other, regardless of their sex?" The ban only fuels public interest in the raunchy clip, and folks buy more than a million copies of the video on VHS and MTV finally adds it to its late-night lineup. Controversy has always served Madonna well. Prior to the "Justify My Love" debacle, she took heat for her racy "Like A Prayer" video, which had her lusting after a priest and dancing in front of burning crosses. Both songs went to #1.



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