22 November

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2020 For the third consecutive year, Taylor Swift wins Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards. She accepts from a Nashville studio where she's re-recording her first six albums, which have been acquired by a holding company.

2011 At her concert in Madison Square Garden, Taylor Swift brings out James Taylor - whom she's named after - to perform "Fire And Rain" and "Fifteen."

2010 On their fourth and final album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, My Chemical Romance cast themselves as post-apocalyptic outlaws fighting corruption on the mean streets of California. More

2008 Songwriter Alan Gordon (The Turtles' "Happy Together," Three Dog Night's "Celebrate") dies of cancer at age 64.

2006 After decades of living in California, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood is finally naturalized as a citizen of the United States.

2005 A collection of poems written by Bob Dylan in 1959 and 1960 when he was a student at the University of Minnesota sells for $78,000 at auction. The poems are the first known time he used the name Bob Dylan - he was born Robert Zimmerman.

2005 Ne-Yo releases "So Sick," his first #1 single (as a singer) in both the US and UK.

2005 Just six months after their Mezmerize album, System Of A Down release Hypnotize, which also goes to #1 in America. The band splits up the next year; they re-form in 2010, but go that entire decade without another release.

2003 The Compaq Center in Houston closes with a final concert by ZZ Top, who performed there when it was known as The Summit. The venue is acquired by Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church.

2002 Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors announce plans to re-form with The Cult lead singer, Ian Astbury, and The Police drummer, Stewart Copeland. They initially tour as "The Doors of the 21st Century," but a lawsuit by original drummer, John Densmore (who declined to tour citing hearing loss), forces them to stop using the "Doors" moniker. They change their name to "Riders on the Storm" as a result of the litigation.

2001 Jazz musician Norman Granz, producer for Ella Fitzgerald, among others, dies at age 83.

2000 Ted Gardner, former manager of Tool, sues the members of the LA band, their corporation, and their publishing company, alleging breach of contract and fraud.

1994 Pearl Jam's third album, Vitalogy, is released, but only on vinyl. Two weeks later it is issued on CD.

1990 Two members of the Puerto Rican boy band Menudo, Ruben Gomez (16) and Sergio Gonzalez (18), are arrested for possession of marijuana at Miami International Airport and fired from the group. This does little to change the band dynamic, as Menudo regularly brings in younger members as others age out.

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Adam Lambert Kisses Guy In Post-Idol Debut


At the American Music Awards, Adam Lambert makes a statement with a lascivious performance of his debut single, "For Your Entertainment," where he drops a smooch on his (male) keyboard player.

It's Lambert's first performance after coming in second to Kris Allen on American Idol back in May. The song is all about showmanship, which Lambert provides. "I was attempting to interpret the lyrics to the song," he tells Ellen DeGeneres. "I was putting on a character, putting on a persona, being this rock star, dangerous kind of guy." At one point, Lambert walks a leather-clad male dancer on a leash; later, he thrusts the head of another guy into his crotch. The biggest controversy, though, is the kiss: The show is on ABC, and broadcast networks aren't used to same-sex smooches. Lambert is openly gay and has no problem with public displays of affection. But he did go off-script with the kiss, forcing ABC to deal with complaints from outraged viewers. Lambert is scheduled to appear on the ABC morning show Good Morning America the next day, but he is disinvited. The controversy emboldens Lambert and fortifies him with support from his fans. A few years later, he does something much more controversial than kissing a guy on network TV when he becomes the new lead singer for Queen. Lambert handles it with reverence and passion, earning the respect and acceptance of Freddie Mercury's many fans.



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