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.
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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.
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.
Petty isn't big on being feted, but he likes the cause; MusiCares helps out struggling musicians, and the foundation raises a record $8.5 million from the gala. The night is a testament to Petty's influence, with an impressive list of performers queuing up to play his songs in tribute. Here's the setlist: Randy Newman - "Refugee" George Strait - "You Wreck Me" Elle King - "American Girl" Taj Mahal - "Hometown Blues" Norah Jones - "Time to Move On," "You Don't Know How It Feels" Foo Fighters - "Honey Bee" (a song Dave Grohl played with the band on Saturday Night Live in 1994 when they needed a drummer), "Breakdown" The Lumineers - "Walls" Cage the Elephant - "Mary Jane's Last Dance" Jackson Browne - "The Waiting," "Learning To Fly." Lucinda Williams - "Rebels" Gary Clark Jr. - "Good Enough" Regina Spektor - "I Forgive It All" Lucinda Williams - "Southern Accents" Jakob Dylan - "Love is a Long Road" The Head and the Heart - "You Got Lucky" The Shelters - "Listen to Her Heart" Don Henley - "Free Fallin'" Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen - "Wildflowers" Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers with the Bangles "Waiting for Tonight," "Don't Come Around Here No More" With Stevie Nicks - "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," "Insider" With Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison - "I Won't Back Down" Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - "Runnin' Down A Dream" In his speech, Petty first pays tribute to the Heartbreakers, saying, "I may be in one of the best two or three rock and roll bands there is." He goes on to give a brief history of rock and roll, and how it came to him: "I got into music at age 10. I was collecting rock and roll records - not rock - this was rock and roll - the roll designates a swing. It's a music that was created by black people, given its name by a white DJ named Alan Freed, who along with Sam Phillips saw it as a conspiracy to get black music on white popular radio. And when Sam found Elvis he called Alan and said, 'We're ready to roll.' The music became popular and it empowered the youth of America. The government got very nervous - especially the Republicans - they put Elvis in the army, they put Chuck Berry in jail. Things calmed down for a couple of years, but it was too late: The music had reached England. In 1964 the Beatles came. I had my eyes opened and I joined the conspiracy to put black music on popular white radio." On October 2, 2017, Petty dies after going into cardiac arrest. In his MusicCares speech, he told a story about standing by at a session with George Harrison, Jim Keltner and Ringo Starr early in his career. Noticing some of these cool cats wearing dark glasses, he put some on himself. His label boss Leon Russell told him to take them off because wearing sunglasses at night is an honor you earn. In a rare acknowledgment of his legacy, Petty paused his speech to put on the glasses.
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