2015 Leonard Nimoy dies at age 83. The actor, best known for playing Spock on Star Trek, also made a musical impact: His albums Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space and Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy both charted in the US (#83 and #97, respectively), and his voice was sampled in the Information Society hit "What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)."
1980 Michael Jackson wins his first Grammy: Best R&B Performance for "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough." Other winners include Donna Summer (Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for "Hot Stuff"), Earth, Wind & Fire (Best R&B Group Vocal Performance for "After the Love Has Gone"), and The Doobie Brothers (Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "What A Fool Believes").
2016 Twenty One Pilots' "Stressed Out" peaks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it stays for one week. It's the duo's first foray into the Top 10.
2015 R&B singer Charmayne Maxwell (of Brownstone) dies in a freak accident at age 46 when she falls on a broken wine glass and cuts her neck.
2013 Richard Street, singer with The Monitors and The Temptations, dies at age 70.
2011 Blues musician Eddie Kirkland dies at age 87.
2001 Dave Matthews Band release Everyday, trading producer Steve Lillywhite for Jagged Little Pill mastermind Glen Ballard. With the hit "The Space Between," the radio-friendly release expands their fanbase, but leaves diehards to seek out the unreleased Lillywhite Sessions.
2001 Carlos Santana (Santana) returns to the Mexican town where he grew up, Autlan De Navarro, for the first time in 46 years. A statue honor of Carlos and his father, mariachi player Jose Santana, is unveiled.
2000 The Beach Boys: An American Family TV mini-series begins on ABC, chronicling the rise of the title band.
1998 Motley Crue member Vince Neil, not to be outdone by Tommy Lee, announces an agreement with Internet Entertainment Group and Vivid Video to distribute a 60-minute home video of him having sex with two adult film models while on vacation in Hawaii.
1996 Bad Religion release their ninth full-length studio album, The Gray Race. This is the first Bad Religion album to feature Brian Baker on guitar, replacing Brett Gurewitz, who left the band two years earlier.
1991 James Brown is released on parole from a South Carolina prison after serving two years of a six-year sentence on drug and assault charges.
1984 The Jacksons' Pepsi commercial premieres on MTV.
Jamie Foxx wins a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the movie Ray.
Directed by Taylor Hackford, Ray is a biographical drama about R&B legend Ray Charles and chronicles his childhood in Florida, during which he became completely blind by age seven, and his rise to fame during the '50s and '60s with songs like "I Got A Woman," "Georgia On My Mind," and "Hit The Road Jack." Comedian-turned-dramatic actor Jamie Foxx embodied the role by studying Ray's mannerisms, attending classes at the Braille Institute, and wearing special eye prosthetics that would essentially render him blind for up to 14 hours a day. He already knew how to play the piano, but spent hours mimicking Ray's fingering technique. The only thing he didn't do was sing: That was all Ray. The 73-year-old performer encouraged the filmmakers to portray him honestly, as a flawed man who struggled with heroin addiction and had a penchant for womanizing. He was able to attend the screening for the first edit of the film, but died of liver failure two months before the premiere. All of Foxx's hard work pays off at the 77th Academy Awards, where he wins Best Actor over nominees Leonardo DiCaprio, Don Cheadle, Johnny Depp, and Clint Eastwood. (Foxx is also nominated as Best Supporting Actor for the crime thriller Collateral, but loses to Morgan Freeman for Million Dollar Baby.)
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