2009 in Music

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Events in Music

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Singer-songwriter Adele

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Singer Shakira

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 3rd 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 9th High School Musical actress KayCee Stroh (24) weds Ben Higginson (24) at Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah

HeartWedding of Interest

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

  • Jan 31st "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 11th Actress and singer Mandy Moore (28) weds alt-country/rock singer-songwriter Ryan Adams (37) Savannah, Georgia

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 14th 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 22nd "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 25th TV personality Spencer Pratt (28) weds media personality and singer Heidi Montag (25) at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena
  • May 4th 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 8th Westlife singer Kian Egan (29) weds actress Jodi Albert (25) in Barbados

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 27th 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 1st 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 8th International opera group Il Divo singer David Miller weds singer and theater actress Sarah Joy Kabanuck in New York City

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 30th Singer Davy Jones (63) weds Jessica Pacheco

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

  • Sep 8th 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 4th R&B singer Usher (30) divorces hair stylist and wardrobe stylist Tameka Foster (38) due to irretrievably broken marriage after 2 years

Singer Usher

Deaths in Music

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 25th 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 27th Fayette Pinkney, African American singer (The Three Degrees) (b. 1948)
  • Jul 4th Drake Levin, American rock musician (b. 1946)
  • Jul 4th Jim Chapin, American drummer (b.1919)
  • Jul 6th Johnny Collins, British folk and maritime music singer (b. 1938)
  • Jul 20th Ria Brieffies, Dutch singer (b. 1957)
  • Aug 6th Willy DeVille, American singer (Mink DeVille), dies of pancreatic cancer at 58
  • Aug 7th Mike Seeger, American folk musician (b. 1933)
  • Aug 12th Les Paul, American musician (b. 1915)
  • Aug 12th Les Paul (Lester William Polsfuss) American musician and inventor aged 94
  • Aug 20th Larry Knechtel, American keyboard player and bassist (b. 1940)
  • Aug 21st Dean Turner, Australian musician (b. 1972)
  • Sep 14th Patrick Swayze, American actor, dancer, and songwriter (b. 1952)
  • Sep 14th Henry Gibson, American actor and songwriter (b. 1935)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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