31 January

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2021 Capping a massive bender, Morgan Wallen yells the n-word at his (white) drinking buddy outside his home. It's caught on video and when it's released two days later, Wallen is dropped from most radio stations and banished from playlists on major streaming services. The controversy earns him a surge in streams and sales, keeping his Dangerous: The Double Album, which debuted at #1 in America on January 23, at the top for a total of 10 weeks.

2017 Deke Leonard of Man dies at age 72.

2017 John Wetton of King Crimson and Asia dies at age 67 after a battle with cancer.

2015 Neo soul singer D'Angelo makes his debut appearance on SNL, performing "Really Love" and "The Charade" from his latest album, Black Messiah. His band, the Vanguard, wore t-shirts with the slogans "Black Lives Matter" and "I Can't Breathe" in reference to the controversial deaths of unarmed black men Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of white policemen in 2014. The singer also donned a hooded sweatshirt as a nod to Trayvon Martin, who suffered a similar fate in 2012.

2010 The Record Academy honors Leonard Cohen with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. During his acceptance speech, Cohen comments on his surprise at receiving a Grammy, joking that he "was always touched by the modesty of [the Recording Academy's] interest in my work."

2009 Dewey Martin (drummer for Buffalo Springfield) dies at age 68. The cause of death is unknown, but he had been suffering from health problems for the last few years.

2008 Britney Spears' family helps orchestrate an intervention that lands her in the psychiatric ward of UCLA's hospital. She's taken by ambulance, which gets a police escort and draws a frenzy of media attention. The next day, her father is named as her conservator, as a court rules that Britney cannot care for herself. She is released a few days later and starts getting her life back together. Later in February, her saga is detailed in Rolling Stone; she appears on the cover with the headline, "Britney Spears: Inside An American Tragedy."

2001 After Barry Mason, who co-wrote the Tom Jones hit "Delilah," tells The Sun that the song was inspired by a woman named Delia from Llandudno in North Wales, the UK newspaper asks readers to help track her down. The search is aborted when Mason's ex-wife - who co-wrote the song - calls in to explain that "Delia" does not exist, and that the name came from the story of Samson and Delilah.

1999 Cher sings the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami; Stevie Wonder performs at the halftime show.

1998 The Bruce Springsteen "Come Together" benefit concert, organized for the family of a New Jersey police officer killed in the line of duty, turns into an impromptu E Street Band reunion that also features Southside Johnny and other Jersey musicians.

1993 Michael Jackson performs with 3,500 local children at the Superbowl XXVII in Pasadena, California.

1989 Two months after his death, Roy Orbison's album Mystery Girl is released. Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Bono and George Harrison all contributed to the album; the lead single, "You Got It," gives Orbison his first US Top 10 hit since 1964 with "(Oh) Pretty Woman."

1988 Herb Alpert performs the US national anthem at Superbowl XXII in San Diego, California; Chubby Checker performs at the halftime show.

1982 Singer Helena Paparizou is born in Borås, Sweden.

1979 Bo Diddley opens up for punk band The Clash at the beginning of their first US tour.

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Beyonce, Taylor Swift Break Grammy Award Records


Taylor Swift and Beyoncé sweep the Grammy Awards with record-breaking wins. Earning Album of the Year for Fearless at age 19, Swift is the youngest artist to ever win the award. Beyoncé wins six out of ten nominations - including Song of the Year for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) " - giving her the most wins in one night of any female artist.

It's been four months since Beyoncé and Taylor Swift shared the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards after the notorious Kanye West controversy. Beyoncé invited the first-time Moonman winner onstage to finish her acceptance speech for Best Female Video, which was cut short earlier in the night by West's outburst that the "Single Ladies" singer deserved the prize. Tonight is just as exciting for the pair, but for happier reasons. Swift nabs four awards: two for "White Horse" (Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song) and two for Fearless (Best Country Album and Album of the Year). She performs her pop hit "Today Was a Fairytale." Beyoncé wins six awards: three for "Single Ladies" (Song of the Year, Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance), and more for I Am… Sasha Fierce (Best Contemporary R&B Album), "Halo" (Best Female Pop Vocal Performance) and "At Last" (Best Traditional R&B Performance). She also performs "If I Were a Boy" and a cover of Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know." Other big wins include Kings of Leon for "Use Somebody" as Record of the Year and Zac Brown Band for Best New Artist. Michael Jackson, who died June 25, 2009, is honored with a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award and several artists perform his hit songs throughout the evening. Folk rocker Leonard Cohen is also recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award for a career spanning nearly half a century. "I never thought I'd get a Grammy Award." Cohen says in his acceptance speech. "In fact, I was always touched by the modesty of their interest to my work."



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