15 February

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15 FEBRUARY

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2019 The superhero series The Umbrella Academy, based on a comic by former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, premieres to positive reviews on Netflix. The show, starring Ellen Page, also features Mary J. Blige as an assassin.

2011 A stunned Laura Marling accepts the Brit Award for Best British Female at the O2 Arena in London. In an interview later that year Marling says she was "terrified" at the awards ceremony, clarifying that she's "been around people for whom [winning a Brit] has changed things and it is uncomfortable to watch. I'm not built for that."

2006 The gravesite of AC/DC singer Bon Scott in Fremantle Cemetery in Western Australia is classified with a heritage listing.

2006 Kaiser Chiefs take home three trophies to dominate the BRIT Awards, held at London's Earls Court.

2006 Anna Marly, composer of "Chant des Partisans," dies at age 88.

2005 The Norah Jones album Come Away With Me is certified Diamond for sales of over 10 million in America. A mellow, jazzy set, it's an outlier on the list of Diamond-certified albums, which are dominated by pop, rock and country.

2005 French singer Pierre Bachelet dies of lung cancer at age 60.

2003 With war in Iraq imminent, millions march for peace around the world, including System Of A Down, who shoot the video for their song "Boom" at the protests with Michael Moore directing.

2003 Good Charlotte's "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" peaks at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100, the highest they would get on the chart.

2001 George Harrison enters the cyber age with an online chat on MSN Live.

1998 Backstreet Boys appear on the TV show Sabrina the Teenage Witch in "The Band Episode."

1998 Fans of Japanese rock act Glay cause the Tokyo area phone system to break down as they try to reserve tickets for an upcoming concert by the band. Chaos ensues at the Nagano Winter Olympics main pressroom as long distance lines go down during the ski-jumping event.

1995 The Los Angeles, California, heavy metal radio station KNAC goes off the air and is replaced by the Spanish radio station KBUE on the same channel - 105.5FM. The station signs off at approximately 1:59PM after playing Metallica's "Fade to Black." Three years, later KNAC goes back on the air, this time on the internet at KNAC.com.

1995 ASCAP honors songwriter Diane Warren with the Voice of Music Award.

1991 Rod Stewart's ex-girlfriend, supermodel Kelly Emberg, files a $25 million palimony suit against the singer in Los Angeles Superior Court.

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Saturday Night Fever, Billy Joel Dominate Grammys

1979

Saturday Night Fever and Billy Joel are big winners at The Grammys, with the soundtrack getting Album of the Year and "Just The Way You Are" taking Record of the Year and Song of the Year.


John Denver hosts the 21st Annual Grammy Awards, where Saturday Night Fever makes history as the first soundtrack and the first (and only) disco album to win for Album of the Year. The record for the coming-of-age film starring John Travolta is stacked with hit tracks from the Bee Gees ("Stayin' Alive," "How Deep Is Your Love") and acts like KC and the Sunshine Band ("Boogie Shoes") and Kool & the Gang ("Open Sesame"). The Bee Gees also take home prizes for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, Best Arrangement for Voices for "Stayin' Alive," and Producer of the Year. It's also an important night for Billy Joel, who takes home Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "Just The Way You Are," the soft rock ballad that also brought him back to the charts after a three-year slump. Other star songs of the night include Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler" (Best Country Song) and Donna Summer's "Last Dance" (Best Rhythm & Blues Song, Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female).

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