2002 in Music

Events in Music

Music-awardsMusic Awards

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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Feb 17th '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
Ja Rule

Music-awardsMusic Awards

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

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

Music-releaseAlbum Release

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

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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Jun 11th "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 12th 36th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride & Kenny Chesney win

Music-awardsMusic Awards

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

Rapper Eminem
Singer Pink
  • Oct 26th 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 6th 36th Country Music Association Award: Alan Jackson & Martina McBride wins
  • Nov 13th 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 27th "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 & Divorces in Music

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 1st 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 23rd "Blue" country and pop singer LeAnn Rimes (19) weds backup dancer Dean Sheremet (21) at Perkins Chapel in Dallas, Texas

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 16th 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 8th Teen rock star Taylor Hanson (19) weds Natalie Bryant (18) at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia
  • Jun 9th "In Your Eyes" singer Peter Gabriel (51) weds Meah Flynn at Li Capanni Hotel in Italy

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • Jul 20th 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 10th 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
Nicolas Cage

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 14th 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
Gwen Stefani
  • Sep 20th "The Monkees" lead vocalist Micky Dolenz (57) weds Donna Quinter in Calabasas, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 26th 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 25th 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
Nicolas Cage
Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley

Deaths in Music

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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Mar 27th Dudley Moore, British actor (b. 1935)

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore
  • Apr 3rd Fad Gadget, English singer and musician (b. 1956)
  • Apr 5th Layne Staley, American musician (Alice in Chains) (b. 1967)
  • Apr 20th Alan Dale, American singer (b. 1925)
  • Apr 25th Lisa Lopes, American rapper (TLC) (b. 1971)
  • May 3rd Evgeny Svetlanov, Russian composer and pianist (b. 1928)
  • May 6th Otis Blackwell, American pianist, singer and songwriter (b. 1932)
  • May 17th Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (b. 1940)
  • May 28th Jean Berger, German-born composer (b. 1909)
  • Jun 5th Dee Dee Ramone, American bassist (The Ramones) (b. 1952)
  • Jun 6th Robbin Crosby, American guitarist (Ratt) (b. 1959)
  • Jun 23rd Pedro 'El Rockero' Alcazar, Panamanian boxer (b. 1975)
  • Jun 27th John Entwistle, bass-player with The Who dies in his sleep of a heart attack in his Las Vegas hotel room aged 57
  • Jun 29th Rosemary Clooney, American singer and actress (b. 1928)
  • Jul 2nd Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist, dies in his sleep at 75
  • Aug 9th Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson) (b. 1953)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Oct 25th 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 30th Jam Master Jay, American rapper and musician (Run DMC) (b. 1965)
  • Nov 3rd Lonnie Donegan, Scotish singer-songwriter and the King of Skiffle, dies at 71
  • Nov 5th Billy Guy, American singer (The Coasters) (b. 1936)
  • Nov 21st Hadda Brooks, American jazz singer, pianist, and composer (b. 1916)
  • Nov 26th Polo Montañez, Cuban singer and songwriter (b. 1955)
  • Nov 28th Dave "Snaker" Ray, American blues musician (b. 1943)
  • Dec 9th Mary Hansen, Australian guitarist and singer (Stereolab) (b. 1966)
  • Dec 13th Zal Yanovsky, Canadian musician (The Lovin' Spoonful) (b. 1945)
  • Dec 22nd Joe Strummer, British lead singer of the punk band "The Clash", dies at age 50
  • Dec 31st Kevin MacMichael, American guitarist (Cutting Crew) (b. 1951)