Year 1985 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 18 "Wham!" become the first western pop act to release an album in China
  • Jul 13 "Live Aid" concerts held at both Wembley Stadium (London, England) and JFK Stadium (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) raises over $70 million for African famine relief
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Music Awards in 1985

  • Jan 28 12th American Music Awards: Cyndi Lauper & Lionel Richie win
  • Feb 26 27th Grammy Awards: "What's Love Got to Do With It?", and Cyndi Lauper win
  • May 4 30th Eurovision Song Contest: Bobbysocks! for Norway wins singing "La det swinge" in Gothenburg
  • May 8 20th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, George Strait, and Reba McEntire win
  • Jun 10 19th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers, Barbara Mandrell win
  • Sep 13 2nd MTV Video Music Awards: Bruce Springsteen
  • Oct 14 19th Country Music Association Award: Ricky Skaggs wins

Musicians Married in 1985

  • Jan 2 Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood (37) weds British model Jo Karslake(29) in Gerrards Cross, England; divorce in 2009
  • Mar 23 American 'Piano Man' Billy Joel (34) weds American supermodel Christie Brinkley (31), on a yacht moored alongside the Statue Of Liberty; divorce in 1994
  • May 13 American rock singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen (35) weds American actress Julianne Phillips (25) at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Oswego, Oregon; divorce in 1989

Musicians Divorces in 1985

  • Jan 7 Actress-singer Janet Jackson (18) divorces fellow R&B singer James DeBarge (21) only 4 months after getting married

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