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2018 Shakira's El Dorado wins the Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop album, making her the first female performer to receive two trophies in that category. The first was for her 2001 live album, MTV Unplugged.

2014 At a press conference, all four members of Mötley Crüe sign a "cessation of touring agreement" preventing them from ever touring again after 2015. They also announce "The Final Tour," after which they are legally obligated to disband.

2009 Billy Powell (Lynyrd Skynyrd and Vision keyboardist) dies of a heart attack in his Orange Park, Florida home.

2008 Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix confirms drummer Dave Buckner has left the band. A statement released by the frontman says: "For y'all that don't know, we had to split with Dave, our drummer. It was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do. He's taking this time to get his life together. We are still friends and still talk on a regular basis."

2005 Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi dies of stomach cancer at age 60.

2005 Members of the "Free Fiona" movement protest outside Sony headquarters in New York City, encouraging the label to release Fiona Apple's long-delayed third album, which shows up in October. As part of the campaign, members also mailed apple-related items (foam apples, pictures of apples) to Sony.

2004 James Brown is arrested on charges of domestic violence in Beech Island, South Carolina.

2004 Mel Pritchard, drummer for the British prog rock band Barclay James Harvest, dies of a heart attack at age 56.

2001 Ray Charles sings "America The Beautiful" at Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa. The Backstreet Boys sing the US national anthem, and halftime performers include Aerosmith, 'N Sync and Britney Spears.

1997 A day before his 16th birthday, Jonny Lang's major-label debut album, Lie To Me, is released.

1996 Chris Isaak guest-stars in the Friends episode "The One After the Superbowl," where he plays Phoebe's date, Rob Donnen.

1996 Diana Ross performs at the Superbowl XXX halftime show in Tempe, Arizona.

1990 Aaron Neville performs the US national anthem at Superbowl XXIV in New Orleans, Louisiana. Halftime entertainment is a salute to the city, with local marching bands performing along with Pete Fountain, Irma Thomas and Doug Kershaw.

1985 Jimmy Buffett opens his first Margaritaville retail store, named for his 1977 hit, in Key West. It sells beach-inspired apparel like Caribbean Soul t-shirts and flip-flops.

1984 The legendary Nina Simone tells NME she was forced to record her 1978 album Baltimore under duress when she was kidnapped by five men and held in a basement for three days without food or water. She retracts the statement later.

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"We Are The World" Is Recorded

1985

With the stars in town for the American Music Awards, "We Are The World" is recorded in Los Angeles, with cameras rolling for the video.

Among those taking part: Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Hall & Oates, The Jacksons, Billy Joel, Kenny Loggins, Bette Midler, Willie Nelson, The Pointer Sisters, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner and Stevie Wonder. The musicians start arriving at A&M Studios in Hollywood around 10 p.m. Producer Quincy Jones, who had sent them all demo tapes of the song, wrangles them around six microphones arranged in a semi-circle, where he records the all-star chorus - someone even thought to make Diana Ross a sweatshirt with the name of the project: USA For Africa. The soloists do their parts next, and by 8 a.m., only Jones and Lionel Richie - who wrote the song with Michael Jackson - are still in the studio. The recording is a remarkable confluence of goodwill and serendipity: Quincy Jones carried so much respect that even the biggest stars were happy not only to participate, but to check their egos at the door, as Jones requested. The project started when Harry Belafonte asked an artist manager named Ken Kragen to arrange a benefit concert to aid victims of famine in Africa. Kragen took the idea in a different direction, asking his client Lionel Richie to write a song. They got Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones on board, and USA For Africa was born. When artists like Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen signed on, there was no trouble attracting more top talent. When the single is released on March 7, it quickly sells out its initial shipment. Over the next few weeks, the video lands in hot rotation on MTV, radio stations play the song en masse, and over $60 million is raised for famine relief.

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