Year 1981 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 19 George Harrison is ordered to pay ABKCO Music $587,000 for "subconscious plagiarism" of his song "My Sweet Lord" from Ronnie Mack's song "He's So Fine"
  • May 11 Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats" (based on poetry by T. S. Eliot) directed by Trevor Nunn first premieres in the West End, London

Music Awards in 1981

  • Jan 30 8th American Music Awards: Barbra Streisand & Kenny Rogers win
  • Feb 25 23rd Grammy Awards: "Sailing" - Christopher Cross; and Billy Joel win
  • Apr 4 26th Eurovision Song Contest: Bucks Fizz for United Kingdom wins singing "Making Your Mind Up" in Dublin
  • Apr 30 16th Academy of Country Music Awards: Barbara Mandrell and George Jones win
  • Jun 8 15th Music City News Country Awards: Mandrell Sisters win
  • Oct 12 15th Country Music Association Award: Barbara Mandrell & George Jones wins
  • Dec 20 Harry Krieger and Tom Eyen's musical "Dreamgirls" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 1522 performances, wins 6 Tony, 5 Drama Desk, and 2 Grammy Awards

Musicians Married in 1981

Musicians Divorces in 1981

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