2012 in Music

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Events in Music


Music releaseAlbum Release

Jan 31 Leonard Cohen releases his album "Old Ideas", becomes No.1 in 10 countries

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 5 Flavor Flav and Elton John appear in a Pepsi Co. ad during Super Bowl XLVI

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav
Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 6 Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot is presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot
Singer-songwriter
Gordon Lightfoot
  • Feb 12 54th Grammy Awards: Rolling In The Deep, Bon Iver wins

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 1 47th Academy of Country Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, and Miranda Lambert win

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift
  • Apr 9 "The Lion King" becomes highest grossing Broadway show after overtaking "The Phantom of the Opera"

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Apr 14 Beastie Boys inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Adam Yauch too ill to attend

Rocker Adam Yauch
Rocker
Adam Yauch

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 20 20th Billboard Music Awards: Adele, 21 win

Singer-songwriter Adele
Singer-songwriter
Adele
  • May 26 57th Eurovision Song Contest: Loreen for Sweden wins singing "Euphoria" in Baku

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jun 6 46th CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert & Luke Bryan wins

  • Aug 27 "Thrift Shop" single is released by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Billboard Song of the Year 2013, Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song 2014)

Music awardsMusic Awards

Sep 6 29th MTV Video Music Awards: Rihanna f/ Calvin Harris, Nicki Minaj & Chris Brown win

Rapper & Singer Nicki Minaj
Rapper & Singer
Nicki Minaj
Singer Chris Brown
Singer
Chris Brown
Singer Rihanna
Singer
Rihanna
  • Oct 22 "Red" 4th studio album by Taylor Swift is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2012/2013)
  • Nov 1 46th Country Music Association Award: Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert wins

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 18 39th American Music Awards: Katy Perry & Justin Bieber win

Pop Star Justin Bieber
Pop Star
Justin Bieber
Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 25 26th Soul Train Music Awards: Miguel, Beyoncé win

Weddings in Music

  • Jan 4 Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry (66) weds PR executive Amanda Sheppard (29) in Turks and Caicos Island
  • Jan 7 Lady Antebellum singer-songwriter Hillary Scott (26) weds drummer Chris Tyrrell (25) at the Appel Inn near Albany, New York

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 14 Pink Floyd vocalist Roger Waters (68) weds filmmaker Laurie Durning

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 9 Rock 'n' roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis (76) weds his cousin's ex Judith Brown (62) in Natchez, Mississippi

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Apr 3 Paramore guitar player Josh Farro (22) weds Jenna Rice in Tennessee
  • Apr 14 "Lady Antebellum" singer Dave Haywood (29) weds executive with Warner Bros. Records Kelli Cashiola (30) in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Apr 21 Actress Carey Mulligan (26) weds "Mumford & Sons" lead singer Marcus Mumford (25) in Somerset, England

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 21 Music legend Neil Diamond (71) weds music manager Katie McNeil (42) at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
Singer-songwriter
Neil Diamond
  • May 12 McFly guitarist Tom Fletcher (27) weds actress Giovanna Falcone (27) at One Marylebone in London
  • May 23 Grammy-winning Spanish pop star Alejandro Sanz (43) weds longtime girlfriend Raquel Perera (37) in Barcelona
  • Jun 10 Country music singer Wynonna Judd (48) weds "Highway 101" drummer Cactus Moser in Leiper's Fork, Tennessee
  • Jun 18 R&B singer Bobby Brown (43) weds Alicia Etheridge in Honolulu, Hawaii

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 4 Actress Natalie Portman (31) weds ballet dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied (35) in Big Sur, California

  • Aug 18 "Melrose Place" actor Grant Show (50) weds "The Campaign" actress and former ballet dancer Katherine LaNasa (45) at The Oak Grove at Ribbit Tree & Plant Nursery in Topanga, California
  • Aug 26 "The Campaign" actress Kate Lang Johnson (28) weds musician Justin Miner at La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes, California
  • Sep 15 "The Black Keys" drummer Patrick Carney (32) weds Emily Ward in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Sep 15 Singer Annie Lennox (57) weds Harvard-educated gynecologist Mitch Besser (57) on a private boat on the Thames River in London
  • Sep 23 Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. (40) weds singer-songwriter Cheryl Moana Marie at a private Anini Beach estate on the island of Kauai
  • Sep 24 "Sugar Ray" singer Mark McGrath (44) weds longtime love Carin Kingsland (39) at San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 29 "Fall Out Boy" lead singer Patrick Stump (28) weds longtime girlfriend Elisa Yao in Chicago

Musician Patrick Stump
Musician
Patrick Stump
  • Sep 29 "Kings of Leon" bassist Jared Followill (25) weds model Martha Patterson (21) in Charlotte, Tennessee

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 29 Actress Holly Valance (29) weds property developer Nick Candy (39) in Beverly Hills, California

Actress & Singer Holly Valance
Actress & Singer
Holly Valance

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 6 Former "Private Practice" actress Audra McDonald (42) weds Broadway star Will Swenson (38) in Croton-on-Hudson, New York

Actress and Singer Audra McDonald
Actress and Singer
Audra McDonald

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 19 Grammy Award winning singer Justin Timberlake (31) weds "Total Recall" actress Jessica Biel (30) at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Fasano, Italy

Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake
Singer-songwriter
Justin Timberlake
Actress Jessica Biel
Actress
Jessica Biel
  • Dec 21 "Rolling Stones" guitarist Ronnie Wood (65) weds theater producer Sally Humphreys (34) at Dorchester Hotel in London
  • Dec 21 "McFly" drummer Harry Judd (27) weds former Escala violinist Izzy Johnston (29) at St Nicholas Church in Harpenden, Herts

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 6 Actress and model Heidi Klum (39) divorces British soul and R&B singer-songwriter Seal (49) due to irreconcilable differences after almost seven years of marriage

Supermodel Heidi Klum
Supermodel
Heidi Klum
Musician & Songwriter Seal
Musician & Songwriter
Seal

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 9 Salsa artist Marc Anthony (42) divorces pop star and actress Jennifer Lopez (43) due to irreconcilable differences after 7 years of marriage

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez
  • Jun 4 "The Wonder Years" actress Danica McKellar (37) divorces composer Mike Verta (36) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage
  • Jun 5 NBC musical drama series "Smash" actress Debra Messing (43) divorces actor and producer Daniel Zelman (44) by their mutual decision after 10 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 16 Actor-comedian Russell Brand (36) divorces popstar Katy Perry (27) due to irreconcilable differences a year after the fairy-tale wedding in India

Comedian Russell Brand
Comedian
Russell Brand
Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry
  • Jul 20 "Game of Thrones" actress Lena Headey (38) divorces musician Peter Loughran due to irreconcilable differences

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 3 Music legend Stevie Wonder (63) divorces fashion designer Kai Millard Morris due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Yafa Yarkoni, Israeli Singer, dies after years of Alzheimer's disease at 86
  • Jan 1 Fred Milano, American doo-wop singer, member of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, dies from lung cancer at 72
  • Jan 2 Ian Bargh, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, dies from lung cancer at 76
  • Jan 2 Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt, rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly) dies at 63
  • Jan 3 Bob Weston, British guitarist and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac), dies from a gastrointestinal hemorrhage at 64 (body found this date)
  • Jan 6 William McBeth, American composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 9 Ruth Fernandez, Puerto Rican singer and politician, dies from septic shock and pneumonia at 92
  • Jan 9 Bridie Gallagher, Irish singer, dies at 87
  • Jan 16 Gustav Leonhardt, Master Dutch harpsichordist, organist and conductor, dies at 87
  • Jan 16 Jimmy Castor, American pop and funk musician (Troglodyte (Cave Man), Jimmy Castor Bunch), died of heart failure at 71
  • Jan 17 Johnny Otis, R&B musician and talent scout, known as the godfather of rhythm and blues, dies at 90
  • Jan 20 Etta James [Jamesetta Hawkins], American singer, dies from leukaemia at 73
  • Jan 24 Patricia Neway, American opera and musical theatre singer, dies at 83
  • Jan 25 Paavo Berglund, Finnish conductor dies aged 82
  • Jan 26 Clare Fischer, American musician, composer and arranger, dies at 83
  • Jan 29 Camilla Williams, American operatic soprano, dies at 92
  • Feb 8 Luis Alberto Spinetta, Argentinian rock musician, dies from lung cancer at 62

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 11 Whitney Houston, American singer and actress, dies from an accidental drowning at age 48

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • Feb 14 Dory Previn, American singer-songwriter, dies at 86
  • Feb 15 Charles Anthony [Caruso], American tenor, dies from kidney failure at 82
  • Feb 22 Billy Strange, American singer-songwriter, dies at 81
  • Feb 24 Istvan Anhalt, Hungarian-Canadian composer, dies at 92
  • Feb 25 Louisiana Red, American blues musician, dies from stroke at 79
  • Feb 25 Red Holloway [James], American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies from stroke and kidney failure at 84

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 29 Davy Jones, English musician, dies from heart attack at 66

Singer Davy Jones
Singer
Davy Jones
  • Mar 3 Ronnie Montrose, American guitarist, dies from prostate cancer at 64
  • Mar 6 Robert Sherman, American songwriter, dies at 86
  • Mar 7 Jimmy Ellis, American soul singer, dies from complications from Alzheimer's disease at 74
  • Mar 12 Mike Hossack, American rock drummer, dies from cancer at 65
  • Mar 28 Alexander Arutiunian, Armenian composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 28 Earl Scruggs, American bluegrass musician, dies from natural causes at 88
  • Apr 17 Dimitris Mitropanos, Greek singer, dies from a heart attack at 64
  • Apr 19 Levon Helm, American rock musician, dies from throat cancer at 71
  • Apr 19 Greg Ham, Australian rock saxophonist and flutist (Men At Work), dies under mysterious circumstances at 58
  • Apr 20 Bert Weedon, English guitar player, dies at 91
  • May 1 Charles "skip" Pitts, American soul and blues guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 65

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 4 MCA [Adam Yauch], Beastie Boys vocalist, dies from cancer at 47

Rocker Adam Yauch
Rocker
Adam Yauch
  • May 13 Donald "Duck" Dunn, American bassist, dies at 70

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 17 Donna Summer, American singer (Love to Love You Baby), dies from lung cancer at 63

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer
  • May 18 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German baritone, dies at 86

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 20 Robin Gibb, British singer song-writer, dies from colon and liver cancer at 62

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb
Singer-songwriter
Robin Gibb
  • May 29 Doc Watson, American bluegrass musician, dies from complications following surgery at 89
  • Jun 4 Herb [Herbert] Reed, American musician (The Platters), dies at 83
  • Jun 7 Bob Welch, American musician, commits suicide by gunshot at 66
  • Jul 1 Evelyn Lear, American operatic soprano, dies at 86
  • Jul 16 Jon Lord, English musician, dies from a pulmonary embolism at 71
  • Jul 16 Kitty Wells, American country singer, dies from complications after a stroke at 92
  • Jul 23 Robert Cage, American blues guitarist (From Lake Mary), dies at 75 (b. 1937)
  • Jul 27 Tony Martin, American singer, dies from natural causes at 98
  • Aug 2 Marguerite Piazza, American operatic soprano, dies at 86
  • Aug 2 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (Handy Man), dies at 75
  • Aug 6 Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor, diest at 68
  • Aug 6 Ruggiero Ricci, American composer/violinist, dies from heart failure at 94
  • Aug 15 Bob Birch, American musician (Elton John), commits suicide at 56
  • Aug 18 Scott McKenzie, American singer, dies at 73
  • Sep 1 Hal David, American Lyricist, dies at 91
  • Sep 2 Mark Abrahamian, guitarist (Starship), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • Sep 5 Joe South, American singer-songwriter and guitarist, dies from heart failure at 72
  • Sep 10 Steven Springer, American guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 60
  • Sep 25 Andy Williams, American singer, dies from bladder cancer at 84
  • Sep 27 R. B. Greaves, American singer, dies from prostate cancer at 68
  • Sep 27 Eddie Bert, American bebop jazz trombonist, dies at 90
  • Oct 7 John Martin Tchicai, Danish saxophonist, dies at 76
  • Oct 18 David Spencer Ware, American free jazz saxophonist, dies at 62
  • Nov 4 Ted Curson, American jazz trumpeter, dies from a heart attack at 77
  • Nov 5 Elliott Carter, American composer, dies from natural causes at 103
  • Nov 27 Mickey Baker, American guitar player ("Love is strange"), dies at 87
  • Nov 28 Franco Ventriglia, American opera singer, dies at 90
  • Dec 1 Galina Vishnevskaya, Russian soprano opera singer, dies at 85
  • Dec 5 Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist, dies from heart failure at 91

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 9 Jenni Rivera, Mexican-American singer-songwriter, dies in a plane crash at 43

Singer Jenni Rivera
Singer
Jenni Rivera

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 11 Ravi Shankar, Indian musician, dies at 92

Musician Ravi Shankar
Musician
Ravi Shankar
  • Dec 20 Jimmy McCracklin, American pianist, dies from diabetes and hypertension at 91
  • Dec 24 Richard Rodney Bennett, English composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 24 Hugh Atkin, American composer, dies at 88