On This Day

May 2001 in Music History

Events in Music


Music awardsMusic Awards

May 8 36th Academy of Country Music Awards: Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill & Toby Keith win

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
Singer-Songwriter Natalie Maines
Singer-Songwriter
Natalie Maines
  • May 12 46th Eurovision Song Contest: Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL for Estonia wins singing "Everybody" in Copenhagen

Music releaseMusic Single

May 15 "Fiesta" single released by R. Kelly featuring Jay-Z and Boo & Gotti (Billboard Song of the Year 2001)

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
Jay-Z

Weddings in Music


LovePerson of Interest

May 6 Actress-singer Billie Piper (18) weds media mogul Chris Evans (35) at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas

Singer and Actress Billie Piper
Singer and Actress
Billie Piper

Deaths in Music

  • May 3 Billy Higgins, American jazz drummer, dies at 64
  • May 9 James E. Myers, American songwriter (Rock Around the Clock) & producer, dies at 81
  • May 12 [Pierino] Perry Como, American singer (Catch A Falling Star) and TV personality (The Perry Como Show) dies at 89
  • May 16 Brian Pendleton, English musician (The Pretty Things) (b. 1944)
  • May 17 Ikuma Dan, Japanese composer (Yūzuru), dies at 77
  • May 19 Susannah McCorkle, American singer (b. 1946)
  • May 20 Renato Carosone, Italian musician (b. 1920)
  • May 22 Lorez Alexandria, American jazz and gospel singer (Alexandria the Great), dies at 71
  • May 30 Tony Ashton, British musician (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), dies of cancer at 55