2 September

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2011 T.I. is arrested just days after serving an 11-month sentence at the US Penitentiary in Arkansas. Under his probation agreement, the rapper was allowed to provide his own transportation from Arkansas to a halfway house in Atlanta. However, prison officials objected to his vehicle of choice - a luxury SUV motor coach - and took him back into custody for violating his parole.

2008 At the GQ "Men of the Year" Awards, Lily Allen manages to drink herself into oblivion, insults her co-host Sir Elton John and ends the night by leaking news of her brother's recent engagement in London.

2008 Rage Against The Machine, in Minneapolis to protest the Republican National Convention, are blocked by police, who refuse to let them perform. Rage goes into the crowd and does two songs using a megaphone; riots ensue.

1998 Sandra Denton (aka Pepa of Salt-N-Pepa) gives birth to a daughter named Egypt. The father is Naughty by Nature rapper Treach.

1994 Hootie & the Blowfish make their first of several appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman. They are still well under the radar at this point, but take off a few months later.

1993 Stone Temple Pilots win Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards for "Plush." Also at the ceremony, Snoop Doggy Dogg is arrested for his role in a shooting a week earlier. He posts bail and is found innocent in 1996.

1989 Thanks to a saucy Flashdance-inspired video directed by David Fincher, Paula Abdul's "Cold Hearted" goes to #1 in America.More

1989 N.W.A.'s "Express Yourself" debuts at #45 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, becoming their second single to reach that chart.

1986 Debbie Gibson, a 16-year-old high school student from Long Island, signs to Atlantic Records, which is impressed by the many songs she has written and demoed in her home studio.

1978 George Harrison marries Olivia Arias.

1975 Soul/R&B singer Tony Thompson (lead singer for Hi-Five) is born Waco, Texas. He would be raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

1971 Grateful Dead have their former manager, Lenny Hart, arrested for embezzling $70,000 from the group's coffers.

1969 R&B singer K-Ci Hailey (of Jodeci) is born in Monroe, North Carolina.

1966 Fear Factory guitarist and co-founder Dino Cazares is born in El Centro, California.

1958 Jerry Augustyniak (drummer for 10,000 Maniacs) is born in Sloan, New York.

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"Jeremy" Wins Big At The VMAs


Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" video wins four awards, including Video of the Year, at the MTV Video Music Awards. Pearl Jam responds by not making any more videos until 1998.

In addition to Video of the Year, "Jeremy" wins for Best Group Video, Best Metal/Hard Rock Video, and Best Director (Mark Pellington). Eddie Vedder is nonplussed in his acceptance speeches. "I don't know how you can say it's the best," he says. "It's just a little piece of art, and you can't put art into a competition." Accepting Video of the Year, the group is joined on stage by the star of the video, Trevor Wilson. "Hey everybody, this is Trevor. He lives," Vedder says, referring to the ambiguous ending of the video where Jeremy's classmates end up spattered in blood (the video was supposed to end by showing Jeremy shooting himself, but MTV made them edit out the gun). The song takes on a heavy topic and is based on a real-life tragedy: In 1991, a 15-year-old student in Texas named Jeremy Delle killed himself in his English class. "If it weren't for music, I think I would have shot myself in the front of the classroom," Vedder says. "It really is what kept me alive." The group is much more animated when they perform, with Neil Young joining them on stage as a surprise guest for "Rockin' In The Free World." Young and Pearl Jam, kindred musical spirits, collaborate many more times over the years. For Wilson, it's his last appearance on camera, as he gives up acting, going on to study international relations at New York University and work for the United Nations. In 2016, he drowns while swimming in Puerto Rico.



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