2002 in Music

Events in Music


Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 9 Michael Jackson receives the Artist of the Century award at the American music awards

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 9 29th American Music Awards: Janet Jackson & Lenny Kravitz win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 17 'Always On Time' by R&B artist Ja Rule featuring Ashanti starts a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart.

Rapper Ja Rule
Rapper
Ja Rule

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 27 44th Grammy Awards: Walk On, Alicia Keys wins

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys
Singer-songwriter
Alicia Keys
  • Mar 20 16th Soul Train Music Awards: The O'Jays, Dr. Dre & Alicia Keys wins
  • May 11 Last performance of the musical Cats in London's West End.
  • May 22 The remains of the missing Chandra Levy are found in Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C.
  • May 22 37th Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride & Alan Jackson win
  • May 25 47th Eurovision Song Contest: Marie N for Latvia wins singing "I Wanna" in Tallinn

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 4 Canadian singer Avril Lavigne releases debut album, "Let Go"

Pop Singer and Songwriter Avril Lavigne
Pop Singer and Songwriter
Avril Lavigne

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 11 "American Idol" created by Simon Fuller with judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson premieres on Fox

Recording Executive Simon Cowell
Recording Executive
Simon Cowell
Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul
  • Jun 12 36th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride & Kenny Chesney win

Music awardsMusic Awards

Aug 29 19th MTV Video Music Awards: Eminem & Pink win

Rapper Eminem
Rapper
Eminem
Singer Pink
Singer
Pink
  • Oct 26 Moscow Theatre Siege: Approximately 50 Chechen rebels and 150 hostages die when Russian Spetsnaz storm a theater building in Moscow, which had been occupied by the rebels during a musical performance three days before.
  • Nov 6 36th Country Music Association Award: Alan Jackson & Martina McBride wins
  • Nov 13 Eminem releases single 'Lose Yourself' from soundtrack of 8 Mile, 1st rap song to win Academy Award Best Original Song

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 27 "Chicago", based on the musical, directed by Rob Marshall and starring Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, and Catherine Zeta Jones, is released (Best Picture 2003)


Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 1 Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton (56) weds Melia McEnery (25) at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Surrey, London

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
  • Feb 23 "Blue" country and pop singer LeAnn Rimes (19) weds backup dancer Dean Sheremet (21) at Perkins Chapel in Dallas, Texas

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 16 Oscar-winning entertainer Liza Minnelli (56) weds producer David Gest (48) at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli
  • Jun 8 Teen rock star Taylor Hanson (19) weds Natalie Bryant (18) at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia
  • Jun 9 "In Your Eyes" singer Peter Gabriel (51) weds Meah Flynn at Li Capanni Hotel in Italy

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 11 Musician Paul McCartney (59) weds former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (34) at Castle Leslie in County Monaghan, Ireland

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Jul 20 ABC's World News Tonight co-host Elizabeth Vargas (39) weds singer-songwriter Marc Cohn (43) at the Council on Foreign Relations

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 10 Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage (38) weds "Princess of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley (34) at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley
Actor Nicolas Cage
Actor
Nicolas Cage

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 14 No Doubt lead vocalist Gwen Stefani (42) weds lead singer and rhythm guitarist "Bush" Gavin Rossdale (46) at St. Paul's Church in London, England

Singer Gwen Stefani
Singer
Gwen Stefani
  • Sep 20 "The Monkees" lead vocalist Micky Dolenz (57) weds Donna Quinter in Calabasas, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 26 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (22) weds singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (28) at Riverbend Church in Austin, Texas

Pop Star Jessica Simpson
Pop Star
Jessica Simpson

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Nov 25 Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage (38) divorces "Princess of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley (34) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 months of marriage

Actor Nicolas Cage
Actor
Nicolas Cage
Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 2 Armi Aavikko, Finnish singer (b. 1958)
  • Jan 3 Juan García Esquivel, Mexican band leader (b. 1918)
  • Jan 3 Zac Foley, English rock bassist (EMF "Unbelievable"), dies at 31
  • Jan 7 Jon Lee, Welsh musician (Feeder) (b. 1968)
  • Jan 16 Eddie Meduza, Swedish composer (b. 1948)
  • Jan 20 Carrie Hamilton, actress and singer (b. 1963)
  • Jan 21 Peggy Lee, American singer (b. 1920)
  • Feb 1 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (b. 1925)
  • Feb 2 Paul Baloff, American singer (Exodus) (b. 1960)
  • Feb 9 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone (b. 1937)
  • Feb 10 Dave Van Ronk, American folk singer/songwriter (b. 1936)
  • Feb 13 Waylon Jennings, American musician (b. 1937)
  • Feb 24 Arthur Lyman, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player (b. 1932)
  • Feb 24 Leo Ornstein, Russian-born composer and pianist (b. 1912)
  • Feb 28 Helmut Zacharias, German violinist (b. 1920)
  • Mar 3 Harlan Howard, American musician (b. 1927)
  • Mar 4 Eric Flynn, British actor/singer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 18 Gösta Winbergh, Swedish tenor (b. 1943)
  • Mar 23 Eileen Farrell, American soprano (b. 1920)
  • Mar 26 Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe) (b. 1950)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 27 Dudley Moore, British actor and comedian (Arthur, 10), dies at 66

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore
  • Apr 3 Fad Gadget, English singer and musician (b. 1956)
  • Apr 5 Layne Staley, American musician (Alice in Chains) (b. 1967)
  • Apr 20 Alan Dale, American singer (b. 1925)
  • Apr 25 Lisa Lopes, American rapper (TLC) (b. 1971)
  • May 3 Evgeny Svetlanov, Russian composer and pianist (b. 1928)
  • May 6 Otis Blackwell, American pianist, singer and songwriter (b. 1932)
  • May 9 Leon Stein, American composer, dies at 81
  • May 17 Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (b. 1940)
  • May 28 Jean Berger [Arthur Schloßberg], German-born American composer, dies at 92
  • Jun 5 Dee Dee Ramone, American bassist (The Ramones), dies of a heroin overdose at 51
  • Jun 6 Robbin Crosby, American guitarist (Ratt) (b. 1959)
  • Jun 23 Pedro 'El Rockero' Alcazar, Panamanian boxer (b. 1975)
  • Jun 27 John Entwistle, bass-player with The Who dies in his sleep of a heart attack in his Las Vegas hotel room aged 57
  • Jun 29 Rosemary Clooney, American singer and actress (b. 1928)
  • Jul 2 Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist, dies in his sleep at 75
  • Aug 9 Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson) (b. 1953)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 10 Michael Houser, American guitarist (Widespread Panic) (b. 1962)

Guitarist Michael Houser
Guitarist
Michael Houser
  • Aug 14 Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (b. 1972)
  • Sep 4 Vlado Perlemuter, Lithuanian pianist (b. 1904)
  • Sep 7 Erma Franklin, American singer (b. 1938)
  • Sep 24 Tim Rose, American singer-songwriter, dies at 62
  • Oct 10 Teresa Graves, American actress and singer (b. 1948)
  • Oct 12 Ray Conniff, American bandleader and musician (b. 1916)
  • Oct 14 Norbert Schultze, American composer and songwriter (b. 1911)
  • Oct 18 Roman Tam, Hong Kong singer (b. 1950)
  • Oct 23 Adolph Green, American lyricist and playwright (b. 1915)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 25 Richard Harris, Irish actor (A Man Called Horse, This Sporting Life) and singer (MacArthur Park) dies of Hodgkin's disease at 72

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris
  • Oct 30 Jam Master Jay, American rapper and musician (Run DMC) (b. 1965)
  • Nov 3 Lonnie Donegan, Scottish singer-songwriter and the King of Skiffle, dies at 71
  • Nov 5 Billy Guy, American singer (The Coasters) (b. 1936)
  • Nov 21 Hadda Brooks, American jazz singer, pianist, and composer (b. 1916)
  • Nov 26 Polo Montañez, Cuban singer and songwriter (b. 1955)
  • Nov 28 Dave "Snaker" Ray, American blues musician (b. 1943)
  • Dec 9 Mary Hansen, Australian guitarist and singer (Stereolab) (b. 1966)
  • Dec 13 Zal Yanovsky, Canadian musician (The Lovin' Spoonful) (b. 1945)
  • Dec 22 Joe Strummer, British lead singer of the punk band "The Clash", dies at age 50
  • Dec 31 Kevin MacMichael, American guitarist (Cutting Crew) (b. 1951)