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 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 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 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.
John Mayer describes his ex-girlfriend Jessica Simpson as "sexual napalm" in a Playboy interview.
Mayer is promoting his Battle Studies album, but the conversation quickly turns to girls, and as he calls it, "self-soothing." The crux of the interview is Mayer's struggle with fame and what motivates him now that his basic needs are met. He offers salient insights like, "Once you put aside girls and money, it forces you to realign your motivation for being a musician," but can't resist talking (unprompted) about his "hood pass" and saying things like, "There have probably been days when I saw 300 vaginas before I got out of bed." He really goes off the rails when his ex-girlfriends come up: We learn that he is addicted to Jessica Simpson and still in love with Jennifer Aniston. With Aniston, an imbalance in maturity apparently led to their split, and Mayer makes it clear that she did no wrong, explaining that "Heartbreak Warfare" is not about her and that she is "the most communicative, sweetest, kindest person." And while he has this deep connection with Aniston, with Simpson, his lizard brain takes over. "That girl is like crack cocaine to me," he says before making the statement that shows up in headlines the next day: "It was like napalm, sexual napalm." There's also this in response to the question, "Do black women throw themselves at you?": "I don't think I open myself to it. My dick is sort of like a white supremacist." Mayer takes a drubbing in the media (social and otherwise), and backs away from the public eye. His Battle Studies tour goes on as planned, but he stops doing interviews for almost two years and shuts down his Twitter account in September. Lesson learned: Some thoughts should stay in your head where they belong.
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