22 February

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In Music History

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2021 Daft Punk, the electronic music duo that formed in 1993, announce their split via a video called Epilogue, where we learn they have self-destruct buttons.

2012 Five months after debuting the song in her native Canada, Carly Rae Jepsen releases the single "Call Me Maybe" in America. With help from a video of Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and other tween celebs lip-syncing to the song, it rises up the charts and becomes a worldwide hit. In the US, it is the song of the summer, topping the Hot 100 on June 23 and staying until August 25.

2011 Adele releases her second album, 21, in the US. The record becomes the best-selling album of 2011, shifting a total of 5.82 million copies.

2009 A.R. Rahman wins Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Song for "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire, earning the Bollywood music veteran his first two Oscars. The Pussycat Dolls release an English-language version, "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)," the same year.

2008 The U2 concert film U2 3D is released worldwide.

2008 After much controversy and debate over whether or not to honor recently deceased musician and Mississippi native Ike Turner, the state legislature compromises and passes a resolution that honors his musical achievements only.

2007 Brad Paisley and his wife, the actress Kimberly Williams, have their first child: a son named Huckleberry ("Huck").

2002 Little Richard gets the NAACP Image Award. The flamboyant singer put his efforts into preaching in his later years.

2001 American folk guitarist John Fahey dies at age 61 following a coronary bypass operation.

2001 British newspaper Sunday Mirror reports that The Beatles, who have been broken up for 31 years, are nevertheless the top grossing recording group of the year 2000.

2000 The recently departed soul legend Curtis Mayfield is honored at a First African Methodist Episcopal Church service in Los Angeles, featuring performances from Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, and, spontaneously, Lauryn Hill.

1998 Tori Amos marries her longtime sound engineer, Mark Hawley, at a small stone church in West Wycombe in North London. The couple's move to Hawley's native England inspires Amos' tune "Welcome To England."

1994 Blues violinist Papa John Creach (of Jefferson Airplane/Starship) dies of congestive heart failure at age 76.

1993 Lenny Kravitz releases "Are You Gonna Go My Way," a song about God.

1993 Radiohead release their debut album, Pablo Honey. Thanks to the lead single "Creep," it gradually earns them a substantial following, especially in the US where they tour in the summer and fall.

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Jethro Tull Win First Metal Grammy


The very unheavy Jethro Tull win the first Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, beating out Metallica.

The Grammys aren't known to embrace new forms of music, so it isn't until 1989 that they recognize heavy metal for the first time, finally acknowledging the headbangers that have been filling stadiums throughout the decade. Ignoring releases by Judas Priest, Anthrax, Guns N' Roses, Megadeth, Slayer and Pantera, nominations go to Jane's Addiction, Iggy Pop, Jethro Tull, AC/DC and Metallica. These last two are the only bands that really qualify as metal, and Metallica, nominated for their landmark album ...And Justice for All, is the clear choice. But the winner is Jethro Tull, a truly baffling choice. The band skips the ceremony, so presenters Lita Ford and Alice Cooper accept on their behalf. Tull's record company places an ad in Billboard to congratulate them, pointing out that the flute - often a lead instrument in their songs - is indeed made of heavy metal. The following year, more suitable acts are nominated (Dokken, Queensrÿche), and Metallica wins. At that ceremony, Milli Vanilli wins for Best New Artist, an award they have to give back when news spreads that they didn't sing on their album. When it comes to rap, the Grammys face similar growing pains. 1989 is also the first year they give an award in that category, which goes to DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince for "Parents Just Don't Understand." Run-D.M.C., Public Enemy, N.W.A and Eric B. & Rakim, all eligible, aren't even nominated.



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