2008 in Music

Events in Music


Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 10 50th Grammy Awards: Rehab, Amy Winehouse wins

Music releaseAlbum Release

Mar 3 Duffy releases her debut album "Rockferry" (2009 Grammy Best Pop Vocal Album)

Singer Duffy
Singer
Duffy

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 14 42nd CMT Music Awards: Taylor Swift & Trace Adkins wins

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 18 43rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, and Carrie Underwood win

  • May 24 53rd Eurovision Song Contest: Dima Bilan for Russia wins singing "Believe" in Belgrade

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 12 Coldplay release their 4th studio album " Viva la Vida or Death" (winner of 3 Grammys)

Lead Vocalist of Coldplay Chris Martin
Lead Vocalist of Coldplay
Chris Martin
  • Jun 13 "Viva la Vida" single released by Coldplay, - their 1st US No. 1, (Grammy Song of the Year)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 29 Glastonbury music festival in England; Leonard Cohen the highlight singing ""Hallelujah"

Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen

Music releaseAlbum Release

Aug 19 "The Fame", debut album by Lady Gaga, is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year, Best Electronic/Dance Album 2009)

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Singer-Songwriter
Lady Gaga

Music awardsMusic Awards

Sep 7 25th MTV Video Music Awards: Britney Spears & Chris Brown win

Singer Chris Brown
Singer
Chris Brown
Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears
  • Nov 11 Taylor Swift releases her 2nd studio album “Fearless” (2009 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Album of the Year 2010, American Music Awards 2009)
  • Nov 12 42nd Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley wins

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 23 35th American Music Awards: Rihanna & Chris Brown win

Singer Rihanna
Singer
Rihanna
Singer Chris Brown
Singer
Chris Brown

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 24 Craig David releases his first Greatest Hits album

Singer-songwriter Craig David
Singer-songwriter
Craig David

Weddings in Music

  • Feb 2 Singer-actress Katharine McPhee (23) weds producer Nick Cokas (42) at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 2 23rd French Republic President Nicolas Sarkozy (53) weds supermodel-turned-singer Carla Bruni (39) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy
  • Feb 14 Oasis singer Liam Gallagher (35) weds All Saints singer Nicole Appleton (33) at Westminster Register Office in London

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 4 Singer-songwriter and actress Beyonce Knowles (30) weds rapper Jay-Z (43) at a 13,500-square foot penthouse apartment in New York

Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Singer
Beyoncé Knowles
Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
Jay-Z

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 30 Singer-songwriter Mariah Carey (41) weds actor and rapper Nick Cannon (31) at Bahamian estate on the island of Windermere

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey
Actor & Rapper Nick Cannon
Actor & Rapper
Nick Cannon
  • May 17 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (23) weds rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (28) in Encino, California
  • Jun 9 "Tommy Tutone" band lead singer Tommy Heath weds longtime girlfriend Lisa Scholtz in Lake Tahoe, California
  • Jun 14 Country singer Sara Evans (37) weds former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker (35) in Franklin, Tennessee
  • Jun 22 Record producer Timbaland (37) weds Monique Idlett (33) in Aruba

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 30 Singer-actress Olivia Newton-John (59) weds natural-health businessman John Easterling (56) in Florida's Jupiter Island

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • Jul 12 Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo (32) weds fashion publicist Jaymie Dizon (29) at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Pasadena, California
  • Aug 7 Singer-songwriter Jewel Kilcher (34) weds rodeo champion Ty Murray (38) at The Cove Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas
  • Sep 6 Singer KT Tunstall (33) weds drummer Luke Bullen in a marquee overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the Isle of Skye

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 27 Actress and singer Scarlett Johansson (23) weds film actor Ryan Reynolds (31) at Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat in Tofino, British Columbia

  • Dec 6 "Lonestar" bass guitarist John Rich (34) weds former model Joan Bush in Nashville

Divorces in Music


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 4 Australian pop diva Natalie Imbruglia (32) and "Silverchair" frontman Daniel Johns (28) announce their divorce stating "we have simply grown apart through not being able to spend enough time together"

Musician Daniel Johns
Musician
Daniel Johns

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 17 Musician Paul McCartney (65) divorces former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (40) on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Aug 17 Genesis drummer and vocalist Phil Collins (57) divorces Swiss-born Orianne Cevey (35) after six years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 15 Pop singer Madonna (50) divorces film director Guy Ritchie (40) due to unreasonable behavior after almost 8 years of marriage

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 8 Clyde Otis, American song writer and music producer (b. c. 1924)
  • Jan 13 Sergei Larin, Lithuanian tenor (b. 1956)
  • Jan 18 Frank Lewin, American composer and music theorist (b. 1925)
  • Jan 19 John Stewart, American musician (The Kingston Trio) (b. 1939)
  • Jan 25 Evelyn Barbirolli, English musician (b. 1911)
  • Feb 7 Leona Wood, American painter and dancer dies aged 86
  • Feb 9 Scott Halpin, a one time drummer of The Who.
  • Feb 13 Roger Voisin, Trumpet player, Boston Symphony (b. 1918)
  • Feb 19 Yegor Letov, Russian song writer and singer (b. 1964)
  • Feb 24 Larry Norman, American musician and pioneer of Christian rock music (Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?), dies at 60
  • Feb 25 Static Major, American singer (b. 1974)
  • Feb 26 Buddy Miles, American drummer (Band of Gypsies; b. 1947)
  • Feb 28 Mike Smith, English musician (The Dave Clark Five) (b. 1943)
  • Mar 2 Jeff Healey, Canadian musician (b. 1966)
  • Mar 4 Leonard Rosenman, American film, television and concert composer (b. 1924)
  • Mar 15 Vytautas Kernagis, Lithuanian singer, TV shows announcer (b. 1951)
  • Mar 15 Mikey Dread, Jamaican singer (b. 1954)
  • Mar 16 Ola Brunkert, Swedish session drummer for ABBA (b. 1946)
  • Mar 20 Klaus Dinger, German Musician (b. 1946)
  • Mar 22 Cachao López, Cuban mambo musician (b. 1918)
  • Mar 24 Chalmers "Spanky" Alford‎, American guitarist (b. 1955)
  • Mar 24 Neil Aspinall, British record producer (b. 1941)
  • Apr 12 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], American country musician (Nashville Brass), dies at 83
  • Apr 20 VL Mike, American Rapper (b. 1976)
  • Apr 21 Al Wilson, American singer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 25 Humphrey Lyttelton, Jazz musician and broadcaster, (b. 1921)
  • May 3 Uroš Krek, Slovenian composer, dies at 85
  • May 8 Eddy Arnold, Country music star (b. 1918)
  • May 10 Leyla Gencer, Turkish soprano (b. 1928)
  • May 11 Dottie Rambo, American gospel singer (b. 1934)
  • May 11 John Rutsey, Canadian drummer, formerly for Canadian progressive rock band Rush (b.1953)
  • May 15 Alexander Courage, composer of original Star Trek theme (b. 1919)
  • Jun 2 Bo Diddley, American musician (b. 1928)
  • Jun 8 Šaban Bajramović, Serbian Romani musician (b. 1936)
  • Jun 14 Jamelão, Brazilian samba singer (b. 1913)
  • Jun 14 Esbjörn Svensson, Swedish jazz pianist (b. 1964)
  • Jun 17 Cyd Charisse [Tula Finklea], American dancer and actress (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 86
  • Jul 1 Mel Galley, English guitarist (b. 1948)
  • Jul 2 Natasha Shneider, Russian-born musician (b. 1956)
  • Jul 3 Oliver Schroer, Canadian fiddler and composer (b. 1956)
  • Jul 6 Bobby Durham, American jazz drummer (b. 1937)
  • Jul 16 Jo Stafford, American singer of traditional pop music (b. 1917)
  • Jul 20 Artie Traum, American guitarist (b. 1943)
  • Jul 24 Norman Dello Joio, American composer (b. 1913)
  • Jul 27 Horst Stein, German conductor (b. 1928)
  • Jul 28 Susan Tamim, Lebanese singer and actress, murdered (b. 1977)
  • Jul 29 Ishmeet Singh Sodhi, Indian Playback Singer (b. 1989)
  • Aug 5 Reg Lindsay, Australian country and western singer/songwriter (b. 1929)
  • Aug 5 Robert Hazard [Rimato], American singer-songwriter (Girls Just Want to Have Fun), dies after surgery at 59
  • Aug 8 Joseph Gelineau, French Catholic Jesuit priest and composer, dies at 87
  • Aug 10 Isaac Hayes, American musician and actor (b. 1942)
  • Aug 12 Christie Allen, British-Australian pop singer (b. 1954)
  • Aug 12 Donald Erb, American composer known for large orchestral works, dies at 81
  • Aug 15 Jerry Wexler, music producer and coiner of the term "Rhythm & Blues"
  • Aug 16 Ronnie Drew, Ex-Singer of The Dubliners & Solo Artist (b. 1934)
  • Aug 16 Dorival Caymmi, Brazilian singer and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • Aug 18 Pervis Jackson, American R&B singer (Spinners), dies at 70
  • Aug 19 LeRoi Moore, American saxophonist (Dave Matthews Band), dies at 46
  • Aug 21 Jerry Finn, American record producer (b. 1969)
  • Aug 21 Buddy Harman, Country music drummer (Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley), dies at 79
  • Aug 25 Josef Tal, Israel composer (Israeli art music), dies at 97
  • Aug 31 Jerry Reed, American country music singer and actor (b. 1937)
  • Sep 7 Dino Dvornik, Croatian singer (b. 1964)
  • Sep 15 Richard Wright, English singer-songwriter (Pink Floyd), dies of cancer at 65
  • Sep 16 Norman Whitfield, American songwriter and producer for Motown (I Heard It Through the Grapevine), dies at 68
  • Sep 19 Earl Palmer, American rock and roll drummer (Wrecking Crew), dies at 83
  • Sep 19 Alois Pinos, Czech composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 26 Marc Moulin, Belgian musician and journalist (b. 1942)
  • Sep 27 Mahendra Kapoor, Indian singer (b. 1934)
  • Oct 1 Nick Reynolds, American folk musician (The Kingston Trio), dies at 75
  • Oct 3 Aurel Stroe, Romanian composer, dies at 76
  • Oct 9 Gidget Gein, American musician (b. 1969)
  • Oct 15 Edie Adams, American singer and Broadway actress (b. 1927)
  • Oct 17 Levi Stubbs, American baritone singer (Four Tops), dies at 72
  • Oct 18 Dee Dee Warwick, American soul singer (b. 1945)
  • Oct 24 Moshe Cotel, American composer and pianist (b. 1943)
  • Oct 29 Mike Baker, American singer Shadow Gallery (b. 1963)
  • Nov 1 Nathaniel Mayer, American soul musician (b. 1944)
  • Nov 1 Yma Sumac, Peruvian singer (b. 1922)
  • Nov 1 Shakir Stewart, American music producer (b. 1974)
  • Nov 10 Miriam Makeba, South African singer and anti-apartheid activist (b. 1932)
  • Nov 12 Mitch Mitchell, English musician (b. 1947)
  • Nov 12 Serge Nigg, French composer, dies at 84
  • Nov 17 George Stephen Morrison, American admiral and father of The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison
  • Nov 24 Kenny MacLean, Scottish musician (Platinum Blonde) (b. 1956)
  • Nov 30 Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer (Loudness) (b. 1958)
  • Dec 1 Mikel Laboa, Basque singer and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • Dec 2 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, dies of heart disease at 77
  • Dec 5 Anca Parghel, Romanian jazz singer and composer (b. 1957)
  • Dec 7 Marky Cielo, Filipino and Igorot dancer and actor (b. 1988)
  • Dec 7 Dennis Yost, American vocalist, dies at 65
  • Dec 10 Didith Reyes, Filipino singer (b. 1948)
  • Dec 14 Ramon Barce, Spanish composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 17 Freddy Breck, German schlager singer, composer, record producer and news anchor (b. 1942)
  • Dec 19 Kenny Cox, American jazz musician (b. 1940)
  • Dec 20 Dorothy Sarnoff, American operatic soprano, Broadway actress (Rosalinda), author and pioneer of the self-help movement (Speech Can Change Your Life, Speech Dynamics), dies at 94
  • Dec 25 Eartha Kitt, American actress and singer (Santa Baby), dies at 81
  • Dec 27 Delaney Bramlett, American musician (b. 1939)
  • Dec 29 Freddie Hubbard, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1938)
  • Dec 30 Derek Wadsworth, British jazz composer and arranger, dies at 69