12 November

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2012 The Rolling Stones release GRRR!, a hits compilation album.

2011 Blues drummer Doyle Bramhall dies of heart failure in his sleep in Alpine, Texas, at age 62. He worked with both Jimmie Vaughan (in The Chessmen) and Stevie Ray Vaughan (in The Nightcrawlers).

2010 Katy Perry launches her first fragrance, "Purr."

2010 Ne-Yo welcomes his first child, baby girl Madilyn Grace, with girlfriend Monyetta Shaw.

2008 John Ronald "Mitch" Mitchell (drummer for Jimi Hendrix) dies after years of alcohol-related health problems in Portland, Oregon, at age 61.

2005 Mariah Carey wins Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for The Emancipation of Mimi and R&B Voice of the Year and Best R&B Song for "We Belong Together" at the Vibe Awards.

2004 The funeral of longtime (and highly influential) British DJ John Peel is held in Suffolk, England, with attendees including Robert Plant, The White Stripes, and members of Underworld, Pulp, and The Undertones. Peel died of a heart attack on October 25.

2003 Session drummer Tony Thompson (of The Power Station and Chic) dies of kidney cancer in Los Angeles, California, at age 48, two months after Power Station bandmate Robert Palmer died from a heart attack.

1999 Glam legend Gary Glitter is acquitted in England's Bristol Crown Court of sexual assault on a minor stemming from an incident with a fan in the '80s; however, that same day, Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) is sentenced to four months in jail for four counts of possessing child pornography found in 1997.

1999 Kid Rock and Lauryn Hill top the 1999 Billboard Music Video Awards, held at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.

1999 Kevin Smith's fantasy comedy Dogma premieres, featuring Alanis Morissette as God. She also performs the song "Still" for the movie's soundtrack.

1998 Madonna draws the Best Female and the Best Album (Ray of Light) honors at the 1998 MTV Europe Music Awards in Milan.

1997 Taiwanese pop singer Chang Yu-Sheng dies 31 weeks after a car accident leaves him in a coma, at age 31.

1997 Rainer Ptacek, blues singer-songwriter and guitarist, dies nearly two years after a brain tumor diagnosis in Tucson, Arizona, at age 46.

1997 More than $2 million is raised at the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund's 1997 Children's Choice Award dinner honoring Grammy-winning producer/songwriter David Foster. Performers and guests include Az Yet, All-4-One, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman and Cindy Crawford.

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Following Trump Victory, SNL Opens With "Hallelujah"

2016

Kate McKinnon sings "Hallelujah" in character as Hillary Clinton to open Saturday Night Live.


McKinnon spent the 2016 election season portraying Clinton, poking fun of her social anxiety and unfettered ambition. But it's pretty obvious that McKinnon and the SNL writers are pulling for Clinton over Donald Trump, who is unflatteringly portrayed by Alec Baldwin on the show. When Trump defies the polls and the pundit predictions to win the election, it is shocking news, and not very funny to those who oppose him. Instead of doing another skit where McKinnon and Baldwin battle as Clinton and Trump, the first post-election show opens with McKinnon at the piano, performing "Hallelujah." She's in character as Clinton, but it's clear from her earnest rendition that she is not just playing the part. As recorded by Leonard Cohen, "Hallelujah" has four verses, but he wrote many more, some of which he performed live. When the song is covered, the performer often uses some of these alternate verses and drops others. McKinnon sings theses three: Now I've heard there was a secret chord That David played, and it pleased the Lord But you don't really care for music, do you? It goes like this The fourth, the fifth The minor fall, the major lift The baffled king composing Hallelujah Baby, I've been here before I've seen this room and I've walked this floor I used to live alone before I knew ya And I've seen your flag on the marble arch And love is not a victory march It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah I did my best, it wasn't much I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you And even though it all went wrong I'll stand before the Lord of Song With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah After finishing the song, she turns to the camera and says, "I'm not giving up, and neither should you." The performance also serves as a tribute to Cohen, who died a few days earlier.

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