2011 in Music

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Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 9 Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday album reached number one on the Billboard 200 in its eleventh week on the chart.

Rapper & Singer Nicki Minaj
Rapper & Singer
Nicki Minaj
  • Feb 13 53rd Grammy Awards: Need You Now, Esperanza Spalding wins
  • May 14 56th Eurovision Song Contest: Ell & Nikki for Azerbaijan wins singing "Running Scared" in Dusseldorf

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 22 19th Billboard Music Awards: Eminem, Recovery win

Rapper Eminem
Rapper
Eminem

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 25 46th Academy of Country Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Brad Paisley win

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift

Music awardsMusic Awards

Aug 28 28th MTV Video Music Awards: Katy Perry, Lady Gaga & Justin Bieber win

Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry
Pop Star Justin Bieber
Pop Star
Justin Bieber
Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Singer-Songwriter
Lady Gaga

Music releaseMusic Single

Sep 20 "Call Me Maybe", single by Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen, is released

  • Nov 9 45th Country Music Association Award: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 9 Shakira is honoured as Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year

Singer Shakira
Singer
Shakira
  • Nov 11 25th Soul Train Music Awards: Cee-Lo Green, Jill Scott win

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 20 38th American Music Awards: Adele, Bruno Mars & Taylor Swift win

Singer-songwriter Adele
Singer-songwriter
Adele
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift
Singer Bruno Mars
Singer
Bruno Mars

Weddings in Music

  • Jan 1 Singer-songwriter Kellie Pickler (25) weds country music songwriter Kyle Jacobs (34) at the Jumby Bay Resort in Antigua

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 1 Singer-songwriter Shania Twain (46) weds Swiss business executive Frederic Thiebaud in Rincon, Puerto Rico

Singer Shania Twain
Singer
Shania Twain
  • Jan 2 Dresden Dolls singer Amanda Palmer (34) weds author Neil Gaiman (50) in Berkley, California
  • Feb 26 Musician Cisco Adler (32) weds model Barbara Stoyanoff (30) at Wayfarers Chapel in Palos Verdes
  • Mar 31 Italian Canadian singer Michael Buble (35) weds actress and model Luisana Lopilato (23) in Buenos Aires
  • Apr 2 Grammy Awarded singer Michael Buble (34) weds Argentine actress-model Luisana Lopilato (22) at Villa Maria Paz private mansion near Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Apr 22 American actor Eddie Cibrian (37) weds American country and pop singer LeAnn Rimes (28) at a private home in California
  • May 12 Victoria's Secret model Lily Aldridge (25) weds Kings of Leon singer Caleb Followill (29) at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California
  • May 14 Country singer Blake Shelton (34) weds singer Miranda Lambert (27) at Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas
  • May 20 Actor Doug Hutchison (51) weds country singer Courtney Stodden (16) in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • May 22 R&B singer Keyshia Cole (28) weds NBA Cleveland Cavaliers Daniel Gibson (25) in Cleveland, Ohio

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 1 English model Kate Moss (37) weds English guitarist Jamie Hince (42) at St. Peter's Church, Southrop in Gloucestershire

Supermodel Kate Moss
Supermodel
Kate Moss

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 15 American TV personality and host Vanessa Minnillo (30) weds American singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (37) at Sir Richard Branson's private Necker Island in British Virgin Islands

TV Personality & Model Vanessa Minnillo
TV Personality & Model
Vanessa Minnillo
  • Aug 12 Actress and model Brooke Burke (40) weds singer/actor David Charvet (39) in St. Barthelemy, Guadeloupe
  • Aug 27 Oscar winner Sofia Coppola (41) weds vocalist of French indie rock band "Phoenix" Thomas Mars at the family villa, Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, Italy
  • Sep 3 English DJ and musician Mark Ronson (36) weds french actress Josephine De La Baume (27) in Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Sep 30 Paramore bassist Jeremy Davis (26) weds TV host and actress Kathryn Camsey in Las Vegas
  • Oct 1 Rock bassist Gene Simmons (62) weds actress and model Shannon Tweed (55) at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 9 Musician Paul McCartney (69) weds New Yorker Nancy Shevell (51) in a civil ceremony at Old Marylebone Town Hall, London

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Oct 16 Actress, screenwriter and model Nikki Reed (24) weds singer-songwriter Paul McDonald (27) at a private ranch in Malibu, California
  • Oct 18 Actress, model and singer Bijou Phillips (32) weds actor and disc jockey Danny Masterson (36) at a private castle in Ireland
  • Nov 11 Sixteen-time Grammy Award-winning hit producer and songwriter David Foster (62) weds model Yolanda Hadid in Beverly Hills
  • Nov 26 "The Sugarland" singer Jennifer Nettles (37) weds entrepreneur Justin Miller at a chapel nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 9 "Nothing Compares 2 U" singer Sinead O'Connor (45) weds Irish therapist Barry Herridge (38) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
Singer-Songwriter
Sinead O'Connor
  • Dec 17 Backstreet Boys member A. J. McLean (34) weds model Rochelle Karidis (30) in an outdoor wedding at Beverly Hills, California
  • Dec 31 "American Idol" alum and rocker James Durbin (22) weds Heidi Lowe at the edge of a redwood and oak forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Divorces in Music

  • Feb 8 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (26) divorces rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (31) due to irreconcilable differences after two and a half years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 15 Grammy-winning pop singer Christina Aguilera (29) divorces music executive Jordan Bratman (33) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage

  • Aug 12 Rock singer John Mellencamp (59) divorces model Elaine Irwin Mellencamp (41) after 18 years of marriage
  • Nov 22 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (27) divorces rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (33) due to irreconcilable differences after two and a half year of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 27 "New Girl" actress Zooey Deschanel (31) divorces "Death Cab for Cutie" singer Ben Gibbard (35) due to irreconcilable differences


Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Marin Constantin, Romanian composer and conductor (b. 1925)
  • Jan 4 Mick Karn, Cypriot-born British musician (Japan) (b. 1958)
  • Jan 4 Gerry Rafferty, British musician and songwriter (b. 1947)
  • Jan 5 Roland Kayn, German electronic music composer, dies at 77
  • Jan 10 Margaret Whiting, American singer (b. 1924)
  • Jan 14 Trish Keenan, lead vocalist of English band Broadcast (b. 1968)
  • Jan 17 Don Kirshner, American composer (b. 1934)
  • Jan 24 Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Indian Musician, Bharat Ratna Laureate (b. 1922)
  • Jan 26 Charlie Louvin, American musician (b. 1927)
  • Jan 26 Gladys Horton, American musician and singer, member of the group The Marvelettes (b. 1944)
  • Jan 30 John Barry, English film score composer (b. 1933)
  • Feb 6 Gary Moore, Irish musician (b. 1952)
  • Feb 12 Betty Garrett, American actress and dancer (b. 1919)
  • Feb 14 Sir George Shearing, Anglo-American jazz pianist (b. 1919)
  • Mar 4 Johnny Preston, American pop singer (Running Bear), dies at 71
  • Mar 8 Mike Starr (musician), American Musician (b. 1966)
  • Mar 13 Owsley Stanley, Sound Engineer for The Grateful Dead and renowned LSD manufacturer (b. 1935)
  • Mar 15 Nate Dogg, American rapper, Nathaniel Dwayne Hale. (b. 1969)
  • Mar 15 Smiley Culture, British reggae singer, David Victor Emmanuel. (b. 1962)
  • Mar 18 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), dies of cancer at 71
  • Mar 19 Kym Bonython, Australian radio broadcaster, jazz musician, speedway promoter (b. 1920)
  • Mar 20 Johnny Pearson, British Composer (b. 1925)
  • Mar 21 Loleatta Holloway, American singer (b. 1946)
  • Mar 21 Pinetop Perkins, Member of the Blues Hall of Fame (b. 1913)
  • Apr 4 Scott Columbus, American drummer (Manowar) (b. 1956)
  • Apr 11 La Esterella, Flemish singer (b. 1919)
  • Apr 17 Eric Gross, Austrian-Australian composer (b. 1926)
  • Apr 17 Nikos Papazoglou, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1948)
  • Apr 23 Tom King, American songwriter and musician (b. 1943)
  • May 7 Big George, British broadcaster, composer, bandleader and musician (b. 1957)
  • May 13 Bruce Ricker, American jazz and blues documentarian (b. 1942)
  • May 15 Bob Flannigan, American jazz singer (The Four Freshmen), dies at 84
  • May 27 Gil Scott-Heron, American poet, musician and author (b. 1949)
  • Jun 2 Willem Duys, Dutch commentator and music producer (b. 1928)
  • Jun 3 Andrew Gold, American singer, musician and songwriter. (b. 1951)
  • Jun 4 Andreas P. Nielsen, Danish author and composer (b. 1953)
  • Jun 7 Nataraja Ramakrishna, Indian classical dancer and composer. (b. 1923)
  • Jun 11 Seth Putnam, American musician (b. 1968)
  • Jun 18 Clarence Clemons, American saxophonist (b. 1942)
  • Jun 25 Goff Richards, British brass band music composer/arranger
  • Jul 9 Facundo Cabral, Argentine musician (b. 1937)
  • Jul 10 Pierrette Alarie, Canadian operatic soprano (b. 1921)
  • Jul 10 Roland Petit, French choreographer and dancer (b. 1924)
  • Jul 12 David Carr, English rock keyboardist (The Fortunes), dies at 67

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 23 Amy Winehouse, British singer songwriter, dies from alcohol intoxication at 27

  • Aug 2 DeLois Barrett Campbell, American gospel singer (b. 1926)
  • Aug 11 Jani Lane, American heavy metal musician (Warrant) dies of alcohol poisoning aged 47
  • Aug 13 Topi Sorsakoski, Finnish musician (b. 1952)
  • Aug 22 Jerry Leiber, American songwriter (b. 1933)
  • Aug 22 Nick Ashford, American songwriter (b. 1942)
  • Aug 29 David "Honeyboy" Edwards, American delta blues guitarist, dies at 96
  • Sep 13 DJ Mehdi, French hip hop and electro producer (b. 1977)
  • Sep 19 Johnny Răducanu, Romanian jazz pianist (b. 1931)
  • Sep 27 Johnny "Country" Mathis, American country singer (b. 1933)
  • Oct 5 Bert Jansch, Scottish folk musician (Pentangle), dies at 67
  • Oct 10 Jagjit Singh, Indian Musician, Ghazal Maestro, Padma Bhusan awardee (b. 1941)
  • Nov 2 Sickan Carlsson, Swedish actress and singer (b. 1915)
  • Nov 5 Bhupen Hazarika, Indian singer, composer, lyricist, music director, and filmmaker from Assam (b. 1926)
  • Nov 8 Heavy D [Dwight Errington Myers], Jamaican-American rap artist, dies at 44
  • Nov 22 Paul Motian, American jazz drummer, percussionist and composer, dies at 80
  • Nov 27 Sultan Khan, Indian classical musician, dies at 71
  • Nov 28 Andrew Kazdin, classical record producer, dies at 77
  • Dec 3 Philip Burrell, influential Jamaican record producer, dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Dec 4 Hubert Sumlin, American blues guitarist (b. 1931)
  • Dec 6 Dobie Gray, American musician and singer ("Drift Away"), dies at 71
  • Dec 8 Minoru Miky, Japanese composer for traditional Japanese instruments, dies at 84
  • Dec 29 Bobby Purify [Robert Lee Dickey], American soul singer (I'm Your Puppet), dies at 72
  • Dec 31 Omus Hirshbein, classical music impresario and music director, dies at 77