2013 People magazine names Adam Levine "Sexiest Man Alive," making him the first musician to earn the title in the feature's 28-year history.
2002 While greeting fans from a fifth-floor hotel balcony in Berlin, Michael Jackson shocks onlookers by dangling his newborn son Prince Michael II over the side of the railing.
1990 The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences strips the 1989 Best New Artist Grammy from Milli Vanilli because Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan didn't actually sing on their debut album, "Girl You Know It's True." It is the first time a Grammy has ever been revoked.More
1983 Tom Evans of Badfinger commits suicide. Eight years earlier, his bandmate Pete Ham died in similar fashion. The acclaimed band had extraordinary bad business dealings with their record labels, Apple and Warner Bros., which were a contributing factor in their deaths.
1982 Led Zeppelin release their final studio album, Coda, a collection of unused songs recorded before drummer John Bonham died in 1980.
2017 Country star Mel Tillis dies of respiratory failure at 85.
2007 Kevin DuBrow (lead vocalist for Quiet Riot) dies of a presumed accidental cocaine overdose at age 52. He is found in his Las Vegas home six days later.
2007 Queen guitarist Brian May is named Chancellor of Liverpool's John Moores University.
2007 At Caroline Kennedy's 50th birthday party, guest performer Neil Diamond reveals that his 1970 hit "Sweet Caroline" was actually written about her.
2006 The ill-fated Bob Dylan musical tribute The Times They Are A-Changin' closes on Broadway after a scant 28 showings.
2004 Craig Nicholls (The Vines' frontman) reveals that he has Asperger Syndrome, a neurobiologcal disorder that causes autistic-like episodes and severe communication difficulties.
2003 Rock bassist Greg Ridley (of Humble Pie, Spooky Tooth) dies of pneumonia in Alicante, Spain, at age 56.
2003 An arrest warrant is issued in Los Angeles for Michael Jackson, due to recent charges of child molestation. The singer, phoning from Vegas where he is filming a video, convinces authorities to wait for his return to stand trial.
2002 The game show Weakest Link welcomes a diverse group of "Music Makers" to compete on tonight's episode, including "I'll Be" singer Edwin McCain, Sheila E., Deborah Gibson, Beach Boy Bruce Johnston, Lila McCann, Coolio, Skid Row's Sebastian Bach, and Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil.
1999 Pop singer Jewel pulls the plug on her anticipated New Year's Eve concert in Anchorage, Alaska, citing, among other things, worries over possible Y2K problems. But many Alaskans say the real problem is jacked-up ticket prices. At the time of the cancellation, only 1,000 of 8,000 available tickets ($65-$99) have been sold.
1998 Motley Crue fans are able to fulfill all their fashion needs when the band's new retail store, S'Crue, opens at 7201 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles. The store stocks merchandise from the band's worldwide tours, clothing from both the clothing lines by bassist Nikki Sixx and vocalist Vince Neil, and all Motley Crue albums.
1998 Songwriters/producers/musicians Vada Nobles, Johari Newton, Tejumold Newton, and Rasheem Pugh file a lawsuit against Lauryn Hill, alleging that the Ruffhouse/Columbia artist failed to give them proper writing and producing credits or pay them royalties for their work on the hit album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
1997 The US premiere of Sir Paul McCartney's Standing Stone is played in Carnegie Hall by St. Luke's Orchestra under the baton of Laurence Foster.
At the Sacramento stop on his Saint Pablo Tour, Kanye West does three songs, delivers a 17-minute monologue, and leaves the stage.
During his rant, West claims that awards shows are rigged, and that Beyoncé insisted on winning Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards as a condition of her performance. Jay-Z, Drake and several other artist get mentions, as do Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump, who was elected president two weeks earlier. "Obama couldn't make America great because he couldn't be him to be who he was," West says. "Black men have been slaves. Obama wasn't allowed to do this and still win. He had to be perfect." At a San Jose performance two days earlier, West stopped the show for about 25 minutes, telling the audience from his floating stage that he didn't vote, but would have voted for Trump. In Sacramento he goes into more detail. "It's a new world, Hillary Clinton, it's a new world. Feelings matter. Because guess what? Everybody in middle America felt a way and they showed you how they felt." After calling out the radio industry, he takes aim at the media gatekeepers that influenced the election. "I ain't here to massage you with a fake truth, telling you that Hillary's gonna win over and over and over and then you wake up and you still can't believe it," he says. "You know why? Because you was lied to by Google. You was lied to by Mark Zuckerberg." After speaking his peace, West says, "The show's over" and drops the mic. He doesn't return. Concertgoers are given refunds; two days later West is hospitalized with exhaustion and the rest of the Saint Pablo Tour is cancelled.
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