2008 in Music

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Events in Music

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 10th 50th Grammy Awards: Rehab, Amy Winehouse wins

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 14th 42nd CMT Music Awards: Taylor Swift & Trace Adkins wins

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 18th 43rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, and Carrie Underwood win

  • May 24th 53rd Eurovision Song Contest: Dima Bilan for Russia wins singing "Believe" in Belgrade

Music awardsMusic Awards

Sep 7th 25th MTV Video Music Awards: Britney Spears & Chris Brown win

Singer Chris Brown
Chris Brown
Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 23rd 35th American Music Awards: Rihanna & Chris Brown win

Singer Rihanna
Singer Chris Brown
Chris Brown

Weddings in Music

  • Feb 2nd Singer-actress Katharine McPhee (23) weds producer Nick Cokas (42) at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 2nd 23rd French Republic President Nicolas Sarkozy (53) weds supermodel-turned-singer Carla Bruni (39) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy
  • Feb 14th Oasis singer Liam Gallagher (35) weds All Saints singer Nicole Appleton (33) at Westminster Register Office in London

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 4th Singer-songwriter and actress Beyonce Knowles (30) weds rapper Jay-Z (43) at a 13,500-square foot penthouse apartment in New York

Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé Knowles
Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 30th Singer-songwriter Mariah Carey (41) weds actor and rapper Nick Cannon (31) at Bahamian estate on the island of Windermere

Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
Actor & Rapper Nick Cannon
Actor & Rapper
Nick Cannon
  • May 17th Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (26) weds rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (31) in Encino, California
  • Jun 9th "Tommy Tutone" band lead singer Tommy Heath weds longtime girlfriend Lisa Scholtz in Lake Tahoe, California
  • Jun 14th Country singer Sara Evans (37) weds former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker (35) in Franklin, Tennessee
  • Jun 22nd Record producer Timbaland (37) weds Monique Idlett (33) in Aruba

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 30th Singer-actress Olivia Newton-John (59) weds natural-health businessman John Easterling (56) in Florida's Jupiter Island

  • Jul 12th Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo (32) weds fashion publicist Jaymie Dizon (29) at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Pasadena, California
  • Aug 7th Singer-songwriter Jewel (38) weds rodeo champion Ty Murray (42) at The Cove Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 7th Singer Jewel Kilcher (34) weds rodeo cowboy Ty Murray (38) in the Bahamas

Singer-Songwriter Jewel Kilcher
Jewel Kilcher
  • Sep 6th Singer KT Tunstall (33) weds drummer Luke Bullen in a marquee overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the Isle of Skye

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 27th Actress and singer Scarlett Johansson (23) weds film actor Ryan Reynolds (31) at Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat in Tofino, British Columbia

  • Dec 6th "Lonestar" bass guitarist John Rich (34) weds former model Joan Bush in Nashville

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 17th Musician Paul McCartney (65) divorces former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (40) on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • Aug 17th Genesis drummer and vocalist Phil Collins (57) divorces Swiss-born Orianne Cevey (35) after six years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 15th Pop singer Madonna (50) divorces film director Guy Ritchie (40) due to unreasonable behavior after almost 8 years of marriage

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 8th Clyde Otis, American song writer and music producer (b. c. 1924)
  • Jan 13th Sergei Larin, Lithuanian tenor (b. 1956)
  • Jan 18th Frank Lewin, American composer and music theorist (b. 1925)
  • Jan 19th John Stewart, American musician (The Kingston Trio) (b. 1939)
  • Jan 25th Evelyn Barbirolli, English musician (b. 1911)
  • Feb 7th Leona Wood, American painter and dancer dies aged 86
  • Feb 9th Scott Halpin, a one time drummer of The Who.
  • Feb 13th Roger Voisin, Trumpet player, Boston Symphony (b. 1918)
  • Feb 19th Yegor Letov, Russian song writer and singer (b. 1964)
  • Feb 24th Larry Norman, American musician and pioneer of Christian rock music (Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?), dies at 60
  • Feb 25th Static Major, American singer (b. 1974)
  • Feb 26th Buddy Miles, American drummer (Band of Gypsies; b. 1947)
  • Feb 28th Mike Smith, English musician (The Dave Clark Five) (b. 1943)
  • Mar 2nd Jeff Healey, Canadian musician (b. 1966)
  • Mar 4th Leonard Rosenman, American film, television and concert composer (b. 1924)
  • Mar 15th Vytautas Kernagis, Lithuanian singer, TV shows announcer (b. 1951)
  • Mar 15th Mikey Dread, Jamaican singer (b. 1954)
  • Mar 16th Ola Brunkert, Swedish session drummer for ABBA (b. 1946)
  • Mar 20th Klaus Dinger, German Musician (b. 1946)
  • Mar 22nd Cachao López, Cuban mambo musician (b. 1918)
  • Mar 24th Chalmers "Spanky" Alford‎, American guitarist (b. 1955)
  • Mar 24th Neil Aspinall, British record producer (b. 1941)
  • Apr 12th Danny Davis [George Nowlan], American country musician (Nashville Brass), dies at 83
  • Apr 20th VL Mike, American Rapper (b. 1976)
  • Apr 21st Al Wilson, American singer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 25th Humphrey Lyttelton, Jazz musician and broadcaster, (b. 1921)
  • May 3rd Uroš Krek, Slovenian composer, dies at 85
  • May 8th Eddy Arnold, Country music star (b. 1918)
  • May 10th Leyla Gencer, Turkish soprano (b. 1928)
  • May 11th Dottie Rambo, American gospel singer (b. 1934)
  • May 11th John Rutsey, Canadian drummer, formerly for Canadian progressive rock band Rush (b.1953)
  • May 15th Alexander Courage, composer of original Star Trek theme (b. 1919)
  • Jun 2nd Bo Diddley, American musician (b. 1928)
  • Jun 8th Šaban Bajramović, Serbian Romani musician (b. 1936)
  • Jun 14th Jamelão, Brazilian samba singer (b. 1913)
  • Jun 14th Esbjörn Svensson, Swedish jazz pianist (b. 1964)
  • Jun 17th Cyd Charisse, American dancer and actress (b. 1922)
  • Jul 1st Mel Galley, English guitarist (b. 1948)
  • Jul 2nd Natasha Shneider, Russian-born musician (b. 1956)
  • Jul 3rd Oliver Schroer, Canadian fiddler and composer (b. 1956)
  • Jul 6th Bobby Durham, American jazz drummer (b. 1937)
  • Jul 16th Jo Stafford, American singer of traditional pop music (b. 1917)
  • Jul 20th Artie Traum, American guitarist (b. 1943)
  • Jul 24th Norman Dello Joio, American composer (b. 1913)
  • Jul 27th Horst Stein, German conductor (b. 1928)
  • Jul 28th Susan Tamim, Lebanese singer and actress, murdered (b. 1977)
  • Jul 29th Ishmeet Singh Sodhi, Indian Playback Singer (b. 1989)
  • Aug 5th Reg Lindsay, Australian country and western singer/songwriter (b. 1929)
  • Aug 10th Isaac Hayes, American musician and actor (b. 1942)
  • Aug 12th Christie Allen, British-Australian pop singer (b. 1954)
  • Aug 12th Donald Erb, American composer known for large orchestral works, dies at 81
  • Aug 15th Jerry Wexler, music producer and coiner of the term "Rhythm & Blues"
  • Aug 16th Ronnie Drew, Ex-Singer of The Dubliners & Solo Artist (b. 1934)
  • Aug 16th Dorival Caymmi, Brazilian singer and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • Aug 19th LeRoi Moore, American saxophonist (Dave Matthews Band), dies at 46
  • Aug 21st Jerry Finn, American record producer (b. 1969)
  • Aug 25th Josef Tal, Israel composer (Israeli art music), dies at 97
  • Aug 31st Jerry Reed, American country music singer and actor (b. 1937)
  • Sep 7th Dino Dvornik, Croatian singer (b. 1964)
  • Sep 15th Richard Wright, English singer/songwriter (Pink Floyd), dies of cancer at 65
  • Sep 26th Marc Moulin, Belgian musician and journalist (b. 1942)
  • Sep 27th Mahendra Kapoor, Indian singer (b. 1934)
  • Oct 1st Nick Reynolds, American folk musician (The Kingston Trio), dies at 75
  • Oct 9th Gidget Gein, American musician (b. 1969)
  • Oct 15th Edie Adams, American singer and Broadway actress (b. 1927)
  • Oct 17th Levi Stubbs, American baritone singer (Four Tops), dies at 72
  • Oct 18th Dee Dee Warwick, American soul singer (b. 1945)
  • Oct 24th Moshe Cotel, American composer and pianist (b. 1943)
  • Oct 29th Mike Baker, American singer Shadow Gallery (b. 1963)
  • Nov 1st Nathaniel Mayer, American soul musician (b. 1944)
  • Nov 1st Yma Sumac, Peruvian singer (b. 1922)
  • Nov 1st Shakir Stewart, American music producer (b. 1974)
  • Nov 10th Miriam Makeba, South African singer and anti-apartheid activist (b. 1932)
  • Nov 12th Mitch Mitchell, English musician (b. 1947)
  • Nov 12th Serge Nigg, French composer, dies at 84
  • Nov 17th George Stephen Morrison, American admiral and father of The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison
  • Nov 24th Kenny MacLean, Scottish musician (Platinum Blonde) (b. 1956)
  • Nov 30th Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer (Loudness) (b. 1958)
  • Dec 1st Mikel Laboa, Basque singer and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • Dec 2nd Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, dies of heart disease at 77
  • Dec 5th Anca Parghel, Romanian jazz singer and composer (b. 1957)
  • Dec 7th Marky Cielo, Filipino and Igorot dancer and actor (b. 1988)
  • Dec 7th Dennis Yost, American vocalist, dies at 65
  • Dec 10th Didith Reyes, Filipino singer (b. 1948)
  • Dec 17th Freddy Breck, German schlager singer, composer, record producer and news anchor (b. 1942)
  • Dec 19th Kenny Cox, American jazz musician (b. 1940)
  • Dec 25th Eartha Kitt, American actress and singer (Santa Baby), dies at 81
  • Dec 27th Delaney Bramlett, American musician (b. 1939)
  • Dec 29th Freddie Hubbard, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1938)
  • Dec 30th Derek Wadsworth, British jazz composer and arranger, dies at 69