2009 in Music

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Events in Music


Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 8 51st Grammy Awards: Please Read The Letter, Adele wins

Singer-songwriter Adele
Singer-songwriter
Adele

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 5 44th Academy of Country Music Awards: Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley win

  • May 16 54th Eurovision Song Contest: Alexander Rybak for Norway wins singing "Fairytale" in Moscow
  • Jun 7 63rd Tony Awards: Billy Elliot the Musical & God of Carnage win

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jun 17 43rd CMT Music Awards: Taylor Swift & Brad Paisley wins

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 "She Wolf", the lead single from Shakira's eighth album, premieres

Singer Shakira
Singer
Shakira

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 3 23rd Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Charlie Wilson & Chaka Khan win

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Weddings in Music

  • Jan 9 High School Musical actress KayCee Stroh (24) weds Ben Higginson (24) at Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 10 "The Black Eyed Peas" singer fergie (33) weds actor Josh Duhamel (36) at Church Estate Vineyards in Malibu, California

  • Jan 31 "Stay" singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb (40) weds Late Night with Conan O'Brien music supervisor Roey Hershkovitz (30) at Manhattan restaurant in New York City
  • Mar 11 Actress and singer Mandy Moore (28) weds alt-country/rock singer-songwriter Ryan Adams (37) Savannah, Georgia

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 14 Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt (36) weds Brittney Cade at a private ceremony in Ojai, California

Bassist Rocker Mike Dirnt
Bassist Rocker
Mike Dirnt
  • Mar 22 "The Wonder Years" actress Danica McKellar (36) weds composer Mike Verta (36) at St. James by the Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla, California
  • Apr 25 TV personality Spencer Pratt (28) weds media personality and singer Heidi Montag (25) at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena
  • May 4 Two-time Tony winner singer-actress Bebe Neuwirth (50) weds Napa Valley's Destino vineyard founder Chris Calkins at the Players Club in New York
  • May 8 Westlife singer Kian Egan (29) weds actress Jodi Albert (25) in Barbados

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 27 Rocker Eddie Van Halen (54) weds publicist Janie Liszewski (39) at his seven-acre estate in the hills above Studio City, California

Hall of Fame rocker Eddie Van Halen
Hall of Fame rocker
Eddie Van Halen

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 1 Fashion model Rhea Durham (34) weds actor and producer Mark Wahlberg (41) at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Beverly Hills

Actor & Former Rapper Mark Wahlberg
Actor & Former Rapper
Mark Wahlberg
  • Aug 8 International opera group Il Divo singer David Miller weds singer and theater actress Sarah Joy Kabanuck in New York City

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 30 Singer Davy Jones (63) weds Jessica Pacheco

Singer Davy Jones
Singer
Davy Jones
  • Sep 4 Singer and actress Christina Milian (27) weds singer-songwriter The-Dream (31) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Sep 12 Platinum-selling rock band "3 Doors Down" lead singer Brad Arnold weds horseback rider Jennifer Sanderford in Escatawpa, Mississippi
  • Sep 18 Grammy-winning rock-folk singer Lucinda Williams (56) weds manager Tom Overby at First Avenue in Minneapolis

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 19 "500 Days of Summer" actress Zooey Deschanel (29) weds "Death Cab for Cutie" singer Ben Gibbard (33) in Seattle, Washington

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 17 Musician Trent Reznor (44) weds vocalist Mariqueen Maandig in Los Angeles

Musician Trent Reznor
Musician
Trent Reznor
  • Nov 8 "The Practice" actress Marla Sokoloff (29) weds composer Alec Puro (34) at Il Cielo restaurant
  • Nov 14 "Kings of Leon" drummer Nate Followill (33) weds singer Jessie Baylin (25) at the Wolf Den Farm in Brentwood, Tennessee
  • Dec 19 Actor-singer Kevin Jonas (22) weds Danielle Deleasa (23) at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 28 Blake Fielder-Civil (27) divorces Grammy award-winning singer Amy Winehouse (25) due to adultery after 2 years of marriage

  • Sep 8 90s pop sensation singer Peter Andre (36) divorces glamour model Katie Price (31) due to unreasonable behaviour after 3 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Nov 4 R&B singer Usher (30) divorces hair stylist and wardrobe stylist Tameka Foster (38) due to irretrievably broken marriage after 2 years

Singer Usher
Singer
Usher

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 9 Dave Dee, British musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), dies of cancer at 67
  • Jan 13 Mansour Rahbani, Lebanese composer and lyricist (b. 1925)
  • Jan 20 David Newman, American jazz musician, nicknamed "Fathead" (b. 1933)
  • Jan 24 Gérard Blanc, French singer (b. 1947)
  • Jan 28 Billy Powell, American musician (b. 1952)
  • Jan 29 John Martyn, British singer songwriter, dies at 60
  • Feb 4 Lux Interior, Frontman of the garage rock band The Cramps (b. 1946)
  • Feb 11 Estelle Bennett, American singer (Ronettes), dies at 67
  • Feb 15 Joe Cuba, Puerto-Rican musician (b. 1931)
  • Feb 19 Kelly Groucutt, Bass guitarist and singer for the band Electric Light Orchestra (b.1945)
  • Feb 19 Miika Tenkula, Finnish guitarist for the band Sentenced (b.1974)
  • Mar 4 Joseph Bloch, American concert pianist and professor of piano literature (b. 1917)
  • Mar 4 John Cephas, American Piedmont blues guitarist (b. 1930)
  • Mar 14 Alain Bashung, French singer, songwriter, comedian and actor. (b. 1947)
  • Mar 19 Ion Dolănescu, Romanian singer and politician (b. 1944)
  • Mar 20 Mel Brown, American/Canadian Blues Guitarist (b. 1939)
  • Mar 29 Maurice Jarre, French composer (b.1924)
  • Mar 29 Andy Hallett, American actor and singer (b.1975)
  • Apr 25 Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress ("All in the Family", "The Golden Girls"), dies at 86
  • Apr 27 Frankie Manning, an American dancer, instructor, choreographer, and one of the founding fathers of Lindy Hop. (b. 1914)
  • Apr 28 Valeria Peter Predescu, Romanian singer (b. 1947)
  • May 12 Antonio Vega, Spanish pop singer-songwriter (b. 1957)
  • May 18 Dolla American Rapper a.k.a. Roderick Anthony Burton II (b.1987)
  • May 24 Jay Bennett, American guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, producer, and singer-songwriter (b. 1963)
  • Jun 3 Koko Taylor [Cora Walton], American blues singer known as the "Queen of the Blues", dies of complications from surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding at 80
  • Jun 3 Sam Butera, American jazz musician (b. 1927)
  • Jun 5 Jeff Hanson, American singer-songwriter, dies at 31
  • Jun 7 Kenny Rankin, American singer (b. 1940)
  • Jun 7 Hugh Hopper, British musician (b. 1945)
  • Jun 14 Ivan Della Mea, Italian singer-songwriter (b. 1940)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 25 Michael Jackson, American recording artist, entertainer and King of Pop music (The Jackson 5, Thriller, Dangerous) dies of cardiac arrest at 50

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Jun 27 Fayette Pinkney, African American singer (The Three Degrees) (b. 1948)
  • Jul 4 Drake Levin, American rock musician (b. 1946)
  • Jul 4 Jim Chapin, American drummer (b.1919)
  • Jul 6 Johnny Collins, British folk and maritime music singer (b. 1938)
  • Jul 20 Ria Brieffies, Dutch singer (b. 1957)
  • Aug 6 Willy DeVille, American singer (Mink DeVille), dies of pancreatic cancer at 58
  • Aug 7 Mike Seeger, American folk musician (b. 1933)
  • Aug 12 Les Paul, American musician (b. 1915)
  • Aug 12 Les Paul (Lester William Polsfuss) American musician and inventor aged 94
  • Aug 20 Larry Knechtel, American keyboard player and bassist (b. 1940)
  • Aug 21 Johnny Carter, US singer (The Flamingos, The Dells), dies at 75
  • Aug 21 Dean Turner, Australian musician (b. 1972)
  • Aug 28 DJ AM [ Adam Goldstein], American DJ and musician, dies of a drug overdose at 36
  • Sep 1 Jake Brockman, British musician (Echo & the Bunnymen), dies in a motorcycle accident at 53
  • Sep 2 Guy Babylon, American keyboard player (Elton John) and arranger dies at 52
  • Sep 14 Patrick Swayze, American actor, dancer, and songwriter (b. 1952)
  • Sep 14 Henry Gibson, American actor and songwriter (b. 1935)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 16 Mary Travers, American singer (Peter, Paul, and Mary) (b. 1936)

Folk Singer Mary Travers
Folk Singer
Mary Travers
  • Sep 17 Leon Kirchner, American classical composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music 1967), dies at 90
  • Sep 25 Alicia de Larrocha, Catalan pianist (b. 1923)
  • Oct 4 Mercedes Sosa, Argentinian singer (b. 1935)
  • Oct 10 Stephen Gately, Irish singer (Boyzone) (b. 1976)
  • Oct 12 Dickie Peterson American musician (b. 1948)
  • Oct 13 Roger Nixon, American composer, dies at 88
  • Oct 17 Vic Mizzy, American composer (themes to Green Acres and The Addams Family) (b. 1916)
  • Oct 26 George Na'ope, American musician (b. 1928)
  • Nov 24 Kan Ishii, Japanese composer, dies at 88
  • Nov 24 Hale Smith, American composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 1 Gustavo Adolfo Palma, Guatemalan singer (b. 1920)
  • Dec 2 Eric Woolfson, Scottish singer and producer (The Alan Parsons Project), dies at 64
  • Dec 8 Luis Días, Dominican Composer (b. 1952).
  • Dec 18 Oskar Danon, Yugoslav composer, dies at 96
  • Dec 25 Vic Chesnutt, American singer and songwriter (b. 1964)
  • Dec 26 Felix Wurman, American cellist and composer (b. 1958)
  • Dec 28 James Owen Sullivan, American drummer and songwriter (Avenged Sevenfold) dies aged 28
  • Dec 30 Rowland S. Howard, Australian guitarist (The Birthday Party) (b. 1959)