May 2014 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 10 59th Eurovision Song Contest: Conchita Wurst for Austria wins singing "Rise Like a Phoenix" in Copenhagen

Billboard Music Awards

May 18 21st Billboard Music Awards: Justin Timberlake wins 7; Imagine Dragons win 5; Pharrel Williams wins 4; Daft Punk & Miley Cyrus also win

Music Premiere

May 23 "Pauline" a chamber opera by Margaret Atwood and Tobin Stokes premieres at the York Theatre in Vancouver

Music History

May 31 Psy's "Gangnam Style" becomes the first video to reach 2 billion views on YouTube

Weddings in Music

  • May 9 Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland (33) weds manager Tim Witherspoon in Costa Rica

Kim Kardashian & Kanye West

May 24 Rapper and record producer Kanye West (36) weds model Kim Kardashian (33) at Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy

Melissa Etheridge

May 31 American rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge (53) weds American TV actress Linda Wallem (53) at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California

Deaths in Music

  • May 2 Jessica Cleaves, American soul singer and songwriter (The Friends of Distinction - "Grazing In The Grass"; Earth, Wind & Fire; Parliament Funkadelic), dies of complications from a stroke at 65
  • May 3 Bobby Gregg, American drummer and record producer (Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone"), dies at 78
  • May 6 Antony Hopkins [Reynolds], British composer, pianist, conductor (Intimate Opera Company, 1954-62), writer, and radio broadcaster (Talking About Music, 1954-92), dies at 93
  • May 7 Will Gaines, American-British tap dancer, dies at 86
  • May 11 Ed Gagliardi, American bass guitarist (Foreigner, 1976-79 - "Feels Like The First Time"), dies from cancer at 62
  • May 12 H. R. Giger, Swiss surrealist artist (album cover art for ELP - "Brain Salad Surgery"; Debbie Harry - "'KooKoo"), and Oscar-winning special effects designer (Alien), dies from injuries from a fall at 74
  • May 18 Jerry Vale [Gennaro Vitaliano], American pop singer ("Arriverderci Roma"; "Have You Looked Into Your Heart"), dies at 83
  • May 21 Teodor Grigoriu, Romanian composer, dies at 87
  • May 28 David Nadien, American concert and session violin virtuoso, dies of pneumonia at 88
  • May 28 James K. Randall, American composer, dies at 84
  • May 29 Stefans Grové, South African composer (Nonyana, The Ceremonial Dancer; Cyclops; Glimpses), dies at 91