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2020 BTS hit #1 in America with "Life Goes On." Most of the lyric is Korean, making it the first chart-topper since "Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco with lyrics predominantly in a language other than Spanish or English.

2017 French music star Johnny Hallyday dies of lung cancer at 74.

2016 Boy George appears on the reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills when it's revealed that he's the regular houseguest of newest housewife Dorit Hemsley and her talent manager husband PK.

2015 Soul singer Leon Bridges is the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, singing "Smooth Sailin'" and "River" from his debut album Coming Home.

2012 Alicia Keys scores her fifth #1 on the Billboard albums chart with Girl On Fire.

2012 Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck dies one day before his 92nd birthday.

2010 Porn director-turned-blues musician John Leslie dies of a stroke at age 65.

2010 The cast of the show Glee performs on the reality competition show The X Factor.

2004 In Washington D.C., Elton John receives a Kennedy Center honor.

2002 Elton John guest stars on Will and Grace, one of the first shows featuring a lead character who is gay.

2001 David Crosby and Don Henley headline a benefit concert that raises $300,000 for children of the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

1997 At the KROQ Christmas concert in Los Angeles, Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro uses his own blood to write an encouraging message to Fiona Apple on her dressing room wall: "Fiona, have fun. Love, DN" He insists it's not creepy. "Fiona courageously shares with the world what comes from the beauty and pain that flows from within her heart," Navarro explains. "I simply chose to thank her for her honesty by leaving her a little note that comes from the beauty and pain that flows from my heart... literally."

1991 In Worcester, Massachusetts, Soundgarden begin opening a string of arena shows in North America for Guns N' Roses, who are supporting their Use Your Illusion albums. The tour also includes a three-night stand at Madison Square Garden, the only time Soundgarden play the venue.

1981 Damaged, Black Flag's debut album, is released. It will go on to become one of the most influential albums in the hardcore punk genre.

1980 The movie Flash Gordon, with a theme song by Queen, opens in theaters.

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Beyonce Channels Etta James In Cadillac Records


The musical biopic Cadillac Records premieres in US theaters, with Beyoncé in a starring role as soul legend Etta James.

Cadillac Records is the story of Chess Records, a Chicago-based label started by Leonard Chess (played by Adrien Brody) in 1950 for black musicians, launching the careers of Etta James (Beyoncé), Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright), Little Walter (Columbus Short), Howlin' Wolf (Eamonn Walker), and Chuck Berry (Mos Def). Of course, the real star of a movie about the rise of blues legends is the soundtrack, and Cadillac Records doesn't disappoint. The soundtrack is a mix of original songs and blues covers from the film's cast and guest artists like Solange Knowles and Nas. Beyoncé sings on five tracks: "Trust In Me," "I'd Rather Go Blind," "Once In A Lifetime," "All I Could Do Was Cry," and - Etta James' signature tune and the album's lead single - "At Last." Aside from spending 48 weeks at #1 on the Top Blues Albums chart, the soundtrack is nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, including Best Original Soundtrack Album and Best Original Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (for "Once In A Lifetime"). But it's Beyoncé who comes out a winner with Best Traditional R&B Performance for "At Last." A month after the film's release, Beyoncé sings her rendition of "At Last" at Barack Obama's inauguration ball while he and wife Michelle enjoy their first dance as president and first lady of the United States of America. The moment is famous for another reason: When Etta James gets wind of Beyoncé singing "her song" for the Obamas, she lashes out against the singer: "I can't stand Beyoncé. She has no business up there, singing up there on a big ol' president day, gonna be singing my song that I've been singing forever."


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Linda from New York Excellent movie just loved it gotta say this Beyoncé sang at last better than Etta James and I think Etta knew it

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