2010 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 31 52nd Grammy Awards: Use Somebody, Zac Brown Band wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 24 The World Health Organization appoints Craig David as a Goodwill Ambassador against tuberculosis on World Tuberculosis Day

Singer-songwriter Craig David
Craig David

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 18 45th Academy of Country Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, and Miranda Lambert win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 Canadian singer Bryan Adams is given the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for his 30 years of contributions to the arts

Singer Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 10 Flavor Flav guest hosts the wrestling show WWE Raw

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav

Music releaseMusic Single

May 28 "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)" single released by Alicia Keys (Billboard Song of the Year 2010)

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
  • May 29 55th Eurovision Song Contest: Lena for Germany wins singing "Satellite" in Oslo
  • Jun 9 44th CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert & Keith Urban wins

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 18 "Recovery" 7th studio album by Eminem is released (best selling album worldwide 2010)

Rapper Eminem

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jul 6 Brandon Boyd announces the release of his debut solo album, "The Wild Trapeze"

Musician Brandon Boyd
Brandon Boyd

Music awardsMusic Awards

Sep 12 27th MTV Video Music Awards: Lady Gaga & Eminem">Eminem win

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
Rapper Eminem

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 24 "The Social Network" directed by David Fincher and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake premieres at the New York Film Festival

Actor Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield
Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 25 "Speak Now" 3rd studio album by Taylor Swift is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2011)

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
  • Nov 10 44th Country Music Association Award: Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 10 Alan Menken, famous Disney composer, receives the 2,442nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Disney Composer Alan Menken
Disney Composer
Alan Menken
  • Nov 13 Australian rock band Powderfinger, perform their last concert at the Brisbane River Stage

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 21 37th American Music Awards: Lady Gaga & Justin Bieber win

Pop Star Justin Bieber
Pop Star
Justin Bieber
Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
  • Nov 28 24th Soul Train Music Awards: Ron Isley, Anita Baker win

Music releaseMusic Single

Nov 29 "Rolling in the Deep" single is released by Adele (Billboard Song of the Year 2011, Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Song of the Year 2012)

Singer-songwriter Adele

Weddings in Music

  • Jan 2 "American Idol" singer Jason Castro (22) weds Mandy Mayhall near Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 9 Food writer and former fashion model Sophie Dahl (32) weds British jazz singer Jamie Cullum (30) in Hampshire, England

HeartWedding of Interest

May 22 Singer-songwriter and guitarist Alanis Morissette (38) weds rapper Mario Treadway (32) in Los Angeles

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 10 Actress and fourth season American Idol winner Carrie Underwood (29) weds Nashville Predators ice hockey player Mike Fisher (32) at Ritz Carlton Lodge in Greensboro, Georgia

  • Jul 16 Def Leppard lead guitarist Phil Collen (52) weds costume designer Helen L. Simmons (42) at Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach Resort in Florida

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 31 R&B singer-songwriter Alicia Keys (31) weds Grammy Award winning rapper Swizz Beatz (33) at a private home on the French island of Corsica

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 7 British pop star Robbie Williams (36) weds actress Ayda Field (31) in an intimate ceremony at Beverly Hills mansion

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 14 Actress and singer Hilary Duff (24) weds retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre Mike Comrie (31) at La Quinta Estate in Montecito, California

Actress/Singer Hilary Duff
Hilary Duff
  • Aug 23 Spanish singer Julio Iglesias (66) weds Dutch model Miranda Rijnsburger (44) at Virgen del Carmen Church in Marbella, Spain

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 8 Grammy nominated singer Jenni Rivera (41) weds MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza (38) at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley, California

Singer Jenni Rivera
Jenni Rivera
  • Sep 18 Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder (45) weds model Jill McCormick (32) in Hawaii
  • Oct 10 Actress and singer Alexa Vega (22) weds film producer Sean Covel (34) at the historical Homestake Opera House in South Dakota
  • Oct 10 American Idol Season 9 runner-up Crystal Bowersox (25) weds musician Brian Walker at the Uncommon Ground Cafe in Chicago

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 23 Singer-songwriter Katy Perry (25) weds actor-comedian Russell Brand (35) at luxury resort Aman-i-Khas in Northern India

Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry
Comedian Russell Brand
Russell Brand
  • Dec 11 "Good Charlotte" lead vocalist Joel Madden (31) weds fashion designer and actress Nicole Richie (30) at Beverly Hills, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 19 Guitar legend Carlos Santana (63) weds rock drummer Cindy Blackman (51) in Maui, Hawaii

Musician Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

May 29 Five-time Grammy Award singer Shania Twain (42) divorces music producer Robert John Lange (59) after 14 years of marriage

Singer Shania Twain
Shania Twain
  • Jun 19 Backup dancer Dean Sheremet (29) divorces Grammy Award-winning singer LeAnn Rimes (27) after nearly eight years of marriage
  • Sep 3 Pop singer Cheryl Cole (27) divorces England soccer player Ashley Cole (29) due to unreasonable behavior after 3 and a half years of marriage
  • Oct 8 Musician Ben Harper (40) divorces actress Laura Dern (43) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage
  • Oct 29 Country singer Randy Travis (51) divorces manager Lib Hatcher due to state of incompatibility exists between the two parties after 19 long years of marriage. One of country music's longest-lasting couples

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Nov 16 Singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne (25) divorces "Sum 41" lead singer and guitarist Deryck Whibley (29) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Pop Singer and Songwriter Avril Lavigne
Pop Singer and Songwriter
Avril Lavigne
  • Dec 8 "Heart" rock singer Nancy Wilson (56) divorces "Almost Famous" and "Elizabethtown" director Cameron Crowe (53) due to irreconcilable differences after 24 years of marriage
  • Dec 28 Film and record company executive Justin Siegel (23) divorces actress-singer Emmy Rossum due to irreconcilable differences after a year-and-a-half of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 4 Sandro, Argentine songwriter (b. 1945)
  • Jan 7 Willie Mitchell, American soul singer (b. 1928)
  • Jan 10 Mano Solo [Emmanuel Cabut], French singer, dies from multiple aneurisms at 46
  • Jan 11 Mick Green, British guitarist (b. 1944)
  • Jan 13 Teddy Pendergrass, American R&B singer (b. 1950)
  • Jan 13 Jay Reatard, American garage punk musician (b. 1980)
  • Jan 18 Kate McGarrigle, Canadian folk music singer-songwriter, dies at 63
  • Jan 21 Paul Quarrington, Canadian novelist, playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, musician and educator (b. 1953)
  • Jan 24 Pernell Roberts, American actor & singer, last surviving star of Bonanza (b. 1928)
  • Jan 31 Jürg Baur, German composer, dies at 91
  • Feb 10 Max Schubel, American composer (Opus One Records), dies at 77
  • Feb 13 John Reed, British singer of Gilbert & Sullivan (b. 1916)
  • Feb 14 Doug Fieger, American musician The Knack (b. 1952)
  • Mar 3 Dudley "Big Tiny" Little Jr, American pianist (Lawrence Welk Show), dies at 79
  • Mar 4 Johnny Alf, Brazilian singer and composer (b. 1929)
  • Mar 4 Etta Cameron, Danish singer and actor (b. 1939)
  • Mar 4 Lolly Vegas, American singer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 4 Fred Wedlock, British folk musician (b. 1942)
  • Mar 6 Ole Schmidt, Danish composer and conductor, dies at 81
  • Mar 10 Mickey Jones, Welsh rock guitarist (Man), dies at 63
  • Mar 17 Charlie Gillett, British musicologist and radio presenter (b. 1942)
  • Mar 17 Alex Chilton, US rock guitarist and vocalist (Box Tops), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Mar 21 Wolfgang Wagner, German opera director (b. 1919)
  • Mar 24 Johnny Maestro, American singer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 3 Dusan Radic, Serbian composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 8 Malcolm McLaren, British music manager and musician, dies of cancer at 64
  • Apr 8 Teddy Scholten, Dutch singer (b. 1926)
  • Apr 14 Peter Steele, American musician. (b. 1968)
  • Apr 19 Keith "Guru" Elam, American rapper (b. 1966)
  • Apr 21 Gustav Lorentzen, Norwegian singer-songwriter (b. 1947)
  • May 1 Rob McConnell, Canadian jazz composer/arranger and valve trombonist (b. 1935)
  • May 9 Lena Horne, American singer and actress (b. 1917)
  • May 16 Ronnie James Dio [Ronald James Padavona], American singer, songwriter, and musician (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell), dies at 67
  • May 16 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist and composer, dies at 91
  • May 24 Anneliese Rothenberger, German operatic lyric soprano (b. 1926)
  • May 24 Petr Muk, Czech composer, musician, performer, and singer (b. 1965)
  • May 24 Paul Gray, American bassist (Slipknot) (b. 1972)
  • May 25 Siphiwo Ntshebe, South African opera singer (b. 1975)
  • May 31 Benjamin Lees, American composer (b. 1924)
  • Jun 6 Marvin Isley, American Musician The Isley Brothers (b. 1953)
  • Jun 7 Stuart Cable, Welsh musician (b. 1970)
  • Jun 23 Peter Quaife, English bass guitarist (the Kinks), dies at 66
  • Jun 26 Sergio Vega, Mexican Banda singer (b.1969)
  • Jun 28 Bill Aucoin, American rock band manager (b. 1943)
  • Jun 30 Park Yong-ha, Korean actor and singer (b. 1977)
  • Jul 11 Walter Hawkins, Gospel music singer
  • Jul 12 Paulo Moura, Brazilian clarinetist and saxophonist (b. 1932)
  • Jul 13 Manohari Singh, Indian saxophonist and part of R.D. Burman's band (b. 1931)
  • Jul 14 Gene Ludwig, American jazz organist (b. 1937)
  • Aug 12 Richie Hayward, American musician (Little Feat), dies at 64
  • Sep 3 Mike Edwards [Swami Deva Pramada ], English musician (ELO), killed by a rolling hay bale at 62
  • Sep 8 Rich Cronin, US singer-songwriter (Lyte Funkie Ones) dies of cancer aged 36
  • Sep 15 Arrow, Montserratian soca musician (b. 1949)
  • Sep 20 Leonard Skinner, American high school gym teacher; namesake of rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd (b. 1933)
  • Sep 22 Eddie Fisher, American singer (b. 1928)
  • Sep 28 Dolores Wilson, American opera singer (b. 1928)
  • Oct 4 Sir Norman Wisdom, English comedian, singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1915)
  • Oct 5 Steve Lee, Swiss musician and vocalist (Gotthard) (b. 1963)
  • Oct 6 Antonie Kamerling, Dutch actor and singer (b. 1966)
  • Oct 6 Colette Renard, French actress and singer (b. 1924)
  • Oct 7 T Lavitz, American musician (b. 1956)
  • Oct 10 Solomon Burke, American singer (b. 1940)
  • Oct 10 Dame Joan Sutherland, Australian operatic soprano (b. 1926)
  • Oct 16 Eyedea, American rapper (Eyedea & Abilities) (b. 1981)
  • Oct 18 Marion Brown, American jazz musician (b. 1931)
  • Oct 25 Gregory Isaacs, Jamaican reggae musician, dies of lung cancer at 59
  • Nov 3 Jerry Bock, American musical theatre composer (b. 1928)
  • Nov 3 Jim Clench, Canadian bassist (April Wine and Bachman-Turner Overdrive) (b. 1949)
  • Nov 4 Michelle Nicastro, American actress and singer (b. 1960)
  • Nov 5 Shirley Verrett, American operatic mezzo-soprano (b. 1931)
  • Nov 12 Henryk Górecki, Polish composer (b. 1933)
  • Nov 23 James Tyler, American musicologist and author (b. 1940)
  • Nov 25 Peter Christopherson English musician and video director/designer (b. 1955)
  • Nov 30 Peter Hofmann, Czech-born German operatic tenor (b. 1944)
  • Dec 9 James Moody, American jazz musician (b. 1925)
  • Dec 13 Enrique Morente, Spanish flamenco singer (b. 1942)
  • Dec 17 Captain Beefheart, American musician (b. 1941)
  • Dec 19 Trudy Pitts, American jazz organist, pianist, and vocalist (b. 1932)
  • Dec 24 Eino Tamberg, Estonian composer (b. 1930)
  • Dec 26 Teena Marie, American singer and composer (b. 1956)
  • Dec 28 Billy Taylor, American musician (b. 1921)
  • Dec 28 Agathe von Trapp, Austrian-born American singer (oldest von Trapp child), dies at 97
  • Dec 30 Bobby Farrell, Aruban singer (Boney M) (b. 1949)