2001 Program directors at Clear Channel Communications, the largest owner of radio stations in the United States, begin circulating a list of songs that might be considered offensive in light of the September 11 attacks.More
1998 MTV debuts Total Request Live, a countdown of the Top 10 fan-requested music videos, hosted by Carson Daly. By the end of its 10-year run, the show is a cultural phenomenon.More
1982 Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, dies the day after suffering a stroke at the wheel and driving her car off a cliff. The 52-year-old former actress garnered acclaim in the 1956 musical comedy High Society alongside Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. She was also one of many stars name-checked in Madonna's "Vogue."
1974 Eric Clapton's "I Shot The Sheriff," a song written by Bob Marley, hits #1 on the Hot 100. It is Clapton's only #1 on that tally, either as a solo artist or with one of his bands (Cream, The Yardbirds, Derek & the Dominos...)
2018 Carrie Underwood releases her sixth studio album, Cry Pretty, which debuts at #1 in the US. The title track was inspired by the country singer's heartache over a series of traumatic events in her life, including three miscarriages.
2018 Verve Records throws a launch party at the Rainbow Room in New York City to celebrate the release of Tony Bennett and Diana Krall's album Love Is Here To Stay. After the duo performs their rendition of "Fascinating Rhythm," Guinness World Records adjudicator Alex Angert announces Bennett - who first recorded the tune under the stage name Joe Bari over 68 years earlier - is now the title holder for "the longest time between the release of an original recording and a re-recording of the same single."
2017 Fergie and actor Josh Duhamel announce their separation after eight years of marriage. The pair, who share a 4-year-old son, Axl, secretly split months earlier.
2014 A life-size statue of Amy Winehouse is unveiled in Camden Town, London to honor the singer.
2013 John Legend marries the model Chrissy Teigen in Lake Como, Italy. She often serves as his muse, including on his songs "All Of Me" and "You & I (Nobody in the World)." They started dating in 2006.
2007 The Beatles-inspired movie Across The Universe opens.
2006 Marianne Faithfull announces she's undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
2005 Britney Spears gives birth to her first child, Sean Federline.
2005 Tim Foreman, bassist of Switchfoot, speaks out against Copy Protection that Sony have placed on the band's album Nothing Is Sound. Foreman provides fans with a detailed workaround on Switchfoot's message board, although the forum posting is later deleted by Sony.
2004 Arcade Fire release their debut album Funeral.
2004 Megadeth return after a two-year hiatus with The System Has Failed. This was originally intended to be a solo album by the band's founder Dave Mustaine, but due to contractual obligations owed to his publishing company, it had to be billed as a Megadeth album.
2004 Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith of Tears for Fears reunite with the album Everybody Loves A Happy Ending. Their collaboration ended on a sour note in 1989 after the release of their third album, The Seeds Of Love.
2003 Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers undergoes surgery for a triple heart bypass in Liverpool.
2003 Jet release their debut album, Get Born, on Elektra Records. Leading the Australian invasion of the early 2000's with bands like The Vines, the album would go on to sell well over three million copies. The title is lifted from the lyrics of Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues."
2002 Saxophonist Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams dies in New York City at age 87. Known for the 1949 hit "The Hucklebuck."
The Material Girl writhes across Radio City Music Hall's stage in ecstasy to the delight of the crowd and the horror of her conservative detractors. Add some slick dance moves from Tina Turner and Huey Lewis delivering The News, and it's a wild wedding party. But there are actual awards to be given out at this landmark ceremony. In between the innuendo-filled banter from hosts Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler, Michael Jackson's zombified "Thriller" video, directed by filmmaker John Landis, wins the Viewer's Choice Award and Best Choreography. We're also introduced to newcomers The Eurythmics, who take home the Best New Artist trophy for "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)." Progressive jazz artist Herbie Hancock collects the most Moonmen for "Rockit," one of the first pop singles to incorporate turntablist techniques. The Godley & Crème-directed clip features robot sculptures rocking out to the beat in a virtual house. It earns a total of five awards, including Best Concept and Best Special Effects. As for Madonna, she doesn't win any prizes for her Venetian-themed romp directed by Mary Lambert, but her sexy performance of "Like A Virgin" will be remembered as an iconic moment in VMA history, rivaled only by her smooch with Britney Spears on the 2003 awards night.
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