2017 Tom Petty is honored as Person of the Year at the MusiCares gala, held two days before the Grammy Awards. "Twenty years ago I'd have been way too cynical to do this, but I'm 66 now and I feel ya," he says in his speech.More
1997 Blur's eponymous fifth album is released. Although the band is huge in Europe, American success has proven elusive. The single "Song 2" becomes the band's biggest US hit, topping out at #55 on the Hot 100.
1968 Rolling Stone magazine offers free roach clips to new subscribers.More
2020 While performing at the Get Out The Vote rally in New Hampshire in support of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, The Strokes debut the animated video for their new single "At The Door." They also perform the forthcoming followup single "Bad Decisions" for the first time.More
2019 At the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, Leon Bridges and PJ Morton tie for Best Traditional R&B Performance when Bridges' "Bet Ain't Worth The Hand" and Morton's cover of the Bee Gees' "How Deep Is Your Love" both win the title. It's the first Grammy win for both artists.
2013 Janis Ian wins the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for her autobiography Society's Child, beating out Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama, Rachel Maddow and Ellen DeGeneres. Ian quips: "I keep thinking there's got to be a punchline here: an ex-president, the First Lady and three lesbians walk into a bar..."
2008 Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around... Comes Around" wins the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. He also takes Best Dance Recording for "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows."
2008 Famous spaghetti western composer Ennio Morricone and Bruce Springsteen win the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental. Springsteen covered Morricone's classic "Once Upon a Time in the West."
2008 Ne-Yo's sophomore album, Because Of You, wins the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album. It's the singer-songwriter's first Grammy win.
2006 James "Jay Dilla" Yancey dies of a heart attack at age 32, just three days after the release of his final album, Donuts.
2004 Eminem is among the guests heard on the second season premiere episode of Comedy Central's Crank Yankers. The rapper gives voice to "Bobby's Brother" opposite comedian Jim Florentine's "Bobby" in a prank phone call to a restaurant.
2001 Jennifer Lopez' album J.Lo goes to #1 in America. Her movie The Wedding Planner is #1 at the box office, making her the first person with a #1 movie and album at the same time.
1993 Michael Jackson appears on Oprah's prime time special, where he talks about having a skin condition called Vitiligo, and claims he's had just 2 plastic surgery operations.
Natalie Cole is trapped in her suite on the 26th floor of the Las Vegas Hilton hotel when it catches fire.
Cole performed at the hotel the previous night, co-headlining a show with Bill Cosby, and while Cosby left the city, Cole stayed an extra night. The blaze kills eight people, but Cole is rescued and treated for smoke inhalation. As recounted in her 2000 autobiography Angel on my Shoulder, Cole is in the room with her bodyguard, former NBA player Nate Bowman, when the fire breaks out. Unable to get help, they wrap themselves in bedcovers they had soaked with water. According to Cole, Bowman professes his love for her at this moment, and suggests they consumate their relationship before they meet their doom. Cole, who is in the throes of a nasty drug habit, replies, "I'd rather get high," and proceeds to smoke crack cocaine. When she starts lighting up, firemen arrive and force her to leave - she wants to stay and smoke crack. Cole and Bowman are taken to the roof and evacuated by helicopter. She would later say that refusing help so she could smoke crack was her "rock bottom." The fire is later revealed to be arson, set by a 23-year-old busboy at the hotel named Phillip Cline. Just three months earlier, a fire at the MGM Grand in Vegas killed 87.
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