2011 in Music

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Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 9th 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 13th 53rd Grammy Awards: Need You Now, Esperanza Spalding wins
  • May 14th 56th Eurovision Song Contest: Ell & Nikki for Azerbaijan wins singing "Running Scared" in Dusseldorf

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Rapper Eminem

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

Music awardsMusic Awards

Aug 28th 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
Lady Gaga

Music releaseMusic Single

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

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

Weddings in Music

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Supermodel Kate Moss
Kate Moss

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 15th 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 12th Actress and model Brooke Burke (40) weds singer/actor David Charvet (39) in St. Barthelemy, Guadeloupe
  • Aug 27th 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 3rd English DJ and musician Mark Ronson (36) weds french actress Josephine De La Baume (27) in Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Sep 30th Paramore bassist Jeremy Davis (26) weds TV host and actress Kathryn Camsey in Las Vegas
  • Oct 1st 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 9th Musician Paul McCartney (69) weds New Yorker Nancy Shevell (51) in a civil ceremony at Old Marylebone Town Hall, London

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • Oct 16th Actress, screenwriter and model Nikki Reed (24) weds singer-songwriter Paul McDonald (27) at a private ranch in Malibu, California
  • Oct 18th Actress, model and singer Bijou Phillips (32) weds actor and disc jockey Danny Masterson (36) at a private castle in Ireland
  • Nov 11th Sixteen-time Grammy Award-winning hit producer and songwriter David Foster (62) weds model Yolanda Hadid in Beverly Hills
  • Nov 26th "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 9th "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
Sinead O'Connor
  • Dec 17th Backstreet Boys member A. J. McLean (34) weds model Rochelle Karidis (30) in an outdoor wedding at Beverly Hills, California
  • Dec 31st "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 8th 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 15th Grammy-winning pop singer Christina Aguilera (29) divorces music executive Jordan Bratman (33) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage

  • Aug 12th Rock singer John Mellencamp (59) divorces model Elaine Irwin Mellencamp (41) after 18 years of marriage
  • Nov 22nd 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 27th "New Girl" actress Zooey Deschanel (31) divorces "Death Cab for Cutie" singer Ben Gibbard (35) due to irreconcilable differences

Deaths in Music

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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