24 February

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2019 Queen, with Adam Lambert on vocals, open the Oscars with a medley of "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions." The biopic Bohemian Rhapsody goes on to win four awards, more than any other film at the ceremony.

2014 Robin Thicke and Paula Patton announce their separation after nine years of marriage. A few months later, Thicke releases his album Paula, where he pours his heart out over the split.

2013 Janet Jackson reveals that she and Wissam Al Mana, a billionaire investor from Qatar, got married in a quiet, secret ceremony sometime in 2012. It is Jackson's third marriage; her first two husbands were the singer James DeBarge and the director René Elizondo, Jr.

2013 Larry Marks, original singer of the Scooby Doo theme song, dies in Los Angeles at age 73. He was also a producer for Columbia Records and A&M Records, where he helmed projects for Liza Minnelli and Phil Ochs, among others.

2008 Larry Norman dies at age 60 following a severe heart attack. The Christian-rock pioneer started out in psychedelic rock with the band People!, known for their 1968 hit cover of The Zombies' tune "I Love You."

2008 A statue of departed AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott is unveiled in his hometown of Fremantle, Australia.

2004 Singer Lena Horne threatens to withdraw permission for a TV movie of her life after star Janet Jackson suffers her shocking "wardrobe malfunction" at Super Bowl XXXVIII. Jackson quits the project.

2004 After EMI refuses to let DJ Danger Mouse release his Grey Album, a mash-up of Jay-Z's Black Album with samples from The Beatles' White Album, the DJ makes the album available as a download, for free, on his website for one day.

2002 Arthur Lyman, jazz vibraphone and marimba player, dies of esophageal cancer at age 70.

2002 Charlie Daniels appears on the "Peggy's Fan Fair" episode of the animated Fox TV series King Of The Hill.

2000 Georgie Fame is arrested for a DUI after driving home from his concert in Wales. He's fined 350 pounds and has his driver's licensed suspended for a year.

1999 Lenny Kravitz wins his first Grammy when "Fly Away" is named Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. It's his first of four-consecutive wins in the category, followed by "American Woman," "Again" and "Dig In."

1998 Pamela Anderson Lee calls 911 after getting in a heated altercation with her husband, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, at their Malibu home. Tommy is arrested and spends three months in jail for spousal abuse.

1997 Spice Girls win Brit Awards for Best Single ("Wannabe") and Best Video ("Say You'll Be There"). Geri Halliwell wears a skin-tight Union Jack dress when they perform at the ceremony, introducing her signature look.

1995 Dave Matthews Band make their first appearance on national TV when they perform the hit "What Would You Say" on the Late Show with David Letterman.

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Elton John Gets The Royal Treatment

1998

Elton John is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.


From his humble beginnings as Reginald Dwight, Elton John emerged as a superstar in the '70s, but it took sobriety and a dedication to humanitarian causes for him to earn the title of Sir Elton John, joining the likes of Tom Jones, Cliff Richard and Paul McCartney. In Great Britain, MBEs (knighthood - the Queen's highest honor) are only given to those who have made an outstanding contribution to British national life, which he earns with his unwavering support for various charities, including Princess Diana's memorial fund, for which he raised $33.4 million with his re-worked single "Candle In The Wind," which he also sang at her funeral. Elton is also a leading voice in the fight against AIDS, speaking out about the disease at a time when it was stigmatized and misunderstood. "They don't come much bigger than this," Elton says after receiving his award. However, not everyone who receives the honor feels the same way. Scores of famous people have refused a knighthood, including David Bowie, Aldous Huxley and most notably John Lennon, who returned his MBE to the Queen, along with a letter, as a protest against the war in Vietnam. This doesn't stop Elton enjoying his big moment. Smiling from ear to ear and holding up his medal, he says: "I love my country and to be recognised in such a way - I can't think of anything better." So, even if it sounds a tiny bit pretentious, remember that it's Sir Elton John, and it's kind of a big deal.

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