2016 in Music

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 6 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" breaks North American box office record, passing the $760.5m taken by "Avatar"

Composer John Williams
Composer
John Williams
  • Feb 9 Super Bowl L: Denver Broncos defeat Carolina Panthers 24–10, at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara. Beyoncé, Coldplay and Bruno Mars perform the halftime show.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 15 58th Grammy Awards: Best Song "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran, Best Album "1989" by Taylor Swift

Singer-Songwriter Ed Sheeran
Singer-Songwriter
Ed Sheeran
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 20 4-inch lock of John Lennon's hair sells for $35,000 to a memorabilia collector at an auction in Dallas, Texas

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music releaseAlbum Release

Mar 25 Zayn's [Zayn Malik] solo debut album "Mind of Mine" is released, 1st British male artist to debut at No. 1 in US

Singer-songwriter Zayn Malik
Singer-songwriter
Zayn Malik

Music releaseMusic Single

Apr 5 "One Dance" single Released by Drake (Billboard Song of the Year 2016)

Singer-Songwriter Drake
Singer-Songwriter
Drake

Music releaseAlbum Release

Apr 23 Beyoncé releases her 6th album "Lemonade" with a 1 hour film on HBO

  • Apr 29 "Views" 4th studio album by Drake is released
  • Apr 29 "H.O.L.Y" single released by Florida Georgia Line (Billboard Song of the Year 2016)
  • May 14 61st Eurovision Song Contest: Ukraine's Jamala wins singing "1944"
  • Jun 23 Led Zeppelin cleared of stealing riff from "Stairway to Heaven" from band Spirit in a Los Angeles court

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 8 Billy Corgan announces a new solo album, recorded with producer Rick Rubin, via a Facebook live video

Musician Billy Corgan
Musician
Billy Corgan

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Oct 13 American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • Dec 2 Fire during a dance party at an Oakland warehouse kills 36
  • Dec 7 Pakistan International Airways plane crashes north of Islamabad, killing all 48 on board, including singer turned preacher Junaid Jamshed
  • Dec 10 Bob Dylan is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature at a ceremony he does not attend in Stockholm

Weddings in Music

  • Jan 8 Singer Colton Dixon (24) weds longtime love Annie Coggeshall in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jan 16 Actress and singer Jamie-Lynn Sigler (35) weds baseball player Cutter Dykstra (53) in Palm Springs, California
  • Jan 30 Singer-songwriter Kimberley Walsh (34) weds Triple 8 former member Justin Scott at St James Parish Church in Barbados
  • Feb 20 R&B singer Ne-Yo (36) weds Crystal Renay Williams in Los Angeles
  • Feb 20 Paramore's lead vocalist Hayley Williams (27) weds New Found Glory's lead guitarist Chad Gilbert in Franklin, Tennessee
  • May 4 Country singer Randy Houser (39) weds Tatiana Starzynski in an intimate outdoor ceremony in Tennessee
  • Jun 25 Singer-songwriter Jill Scott (44) weds longtime boyfriend Mike Dobson in a private ceremony
  • Jul 6 NFL quarterback Russell Wilson (27) weds singer-songwriter Ciara (30) at the Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England
  • Jul 9 Fashion designer Christian Siriano (29) weds singer-songwriter Brad Walsh in Danbury, Connecticut
  • Jul 31 Ballet dancer Misty Copeland (33) weds attorney Olu Evans in Laguna Beach, California
  • Aug 12 Singer-songwriter Ray J (35) weds Princess Love at the Vibiana in Los Angeles
  • Sep 3 Former Sugababes singer Heidi Range (33) weds Alex Partakis in Tuscany, Italy
  • Sep 10 Actress and singer Anna Camp (33) weds Pitch Perfect co-star Skylar Astin (29) in a vineyard wedding at Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez, California
  • Oct 15 Former "Glee" actress Dianna Agron (30) weds Mumford & Sons banjo player Winston Marshall (27) in Morocco
  • Oct 22 Legendary singer and songwriter Paul Anka (75) weds Lisa Pemberton at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles
  • Nov 11 Singer-songwriter Adrienne Bailon (33) weds musician Israel Houghton (45) at the Hotel Plaza Atheneel in Paris

Divorces in Music

  • Jun 7 Model Amber Rose and rapper Wiz Khalifa divorce after 2 years of marriage
  • Jun 23 Actress and singer Mandy Moore and singer-songwriter Ryan Adams divorce after 7 years

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 15 Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and singer Chris Martin divorce after 12 years of marriage

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow
Actress
Gwyneth Paltrow
Lead Vocalist of Coldplay Chris Martin
Lead Vocalist of Coldplay
Chris Martin

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 4 Singer Gwen Stefani and musician Gavin Rossdale divorce after 13 years of marriage

Singer Gwen Stefani
Singer
Gwen Stefani

Deaths in Music

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  • Jan 4 Robert Stigwood, Australian-born British-resident music entrepreneur and film producer (Saturday Night Fever, Grease), dies at 81
  • Jan 5 Elizabeth Swados, composer and musicial director (1972 TONY), dies at 64
  • Jan 5 Pierre Boulez, French composer/conductor (Visage Nuptial), dies at 90
  • Jan 5 Nicholas Caldwell, American Rhythm and Blues singer (Whispers), dies at 71
  • Jan 7 Kitty Kallen, American singer ("Little Things Mean a Lot"), dies at 94

Person of interestDavid Bowie

Jan 10 David Bowie [David Robert Jones], English singer-songwriter (Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust), dies of cancer at 69

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • Jan 11 Gilberto Mendes, Brazilian composer, dies at 93
  • Jan 14 René Angélil, Canadian music executive, actor and director (Omertà, L'apparition), and husband of Céline Dion, dies of throat cancer at 73
  • Jan 18 Glenn Frey, American singer-songwriter (The Eagles), dies at 67
  • Jan 23 Peter [Piet] Swevel, American rocker (Looking Glass, Starz), dies of AIDS at 42
  • Jan 24 Yvonne Chouteau, Native American dancer (one of the "five Moons" of Oklahoma), dies at 86
  • Jan 26 Colin Vearncombe, English singer-songwriter (Black-Wonderful Like), dies after a road accident at 53
  • Jan 28 Paul Kantner, American rock singer and guitarist (Jefferson Airplane), dies following a heart attack at 74
  • Jan 28 Signe Toly Anderson, American singer, founding member of Jefferson Airplane, dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 74
  • Feb 4 Maurice White, American singer-songwriter (Earth, Wind & Fire), dies at 74
  • Feb 4 Leslie Bassett, American classical composer (Variations for Orchestra - Pulitzer Prize 1966), dies at 93
  • Feb 6 Dan Hicks, American singer-songwriter (Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks), dies at 74
  • Feb 8 Violetta Verdy, French ballerina and teacher, dies at 82
  • Feb 14 Steven Stucky, American composer (Los Angeles Philharmonic), dies of cancer at 66
  • Feb 15 Denise Matthews "Vanity", singer (Prince protege) and actress (52 Pick Up), dies at 57
  • Feb 15 George Gaynes, Dutch-American singer, actor and voice artist (Tootsie, Police Academy, General Hospital), dies at 98
  • Feb 22 Sonny James [James Loden], American country music singer-songwriter (Young Love), dies at 87
  • Feb 23 Lenny Baker, American musician (Sha Na Na), dies at 69
  • Feb 25 John Chilton, English jazz trumpeter (Feetwarmers), dies at 83
  • Mar 1 Martha Wright, American actress and singer (South Pacific, The Martha Wright Show), dies at 92
  • Mar 5 Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Austrian conductor (Early Music Movement), dies at 86
  • Mar 9 George Martin, British record producer (The Beatles), dies at 90
  • Mar 9 Robert Horton [Meade Howard Horton Jr.], American actor and singer (Kings Row, Wagon Train, Arena), dies at 91
  • Mar 10 Keith Emerson, English rock musician (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), commits suicide at 71
  • Mar 10 Gogi Grant [Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg], American singer (The Wayward Wind), dies at 91
  • Mar 10 Ernestine Anderson, American jazz vocalist, dies at 87
  • Mar 14 Peter Maxwell Davies, British composer (Prolation, Taverner), dies at 81
  • Mar 16 Frank Sinatra Jr, American singer/bandleader, dies at 72
  • Mar 22 Phife Dawg [Malik Taylor] American rapper (A Tribe called Quest), dies from diabetes complications at 45
  • Mar 26 David Baker, American composer (Reflections) and educator, dies at 84
  • Mar 30 Gianmaria Testa, Italian singer-songwriter, dies of cancer at 57
  • Apr 2 Gato Barbieri, Argentinian Latin jazz musician (Last Tango in Paris), dies at 83
  • Apr 2 Mike Gibbons, American rocker (Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods-Billy Don't be a Hero), dies at 71
  • Apr 4 Carlo Mastrangelo, Italian-American rocker (Dion & The Belmonts), dies of cancer at 78

Person of interestMerle Haggard

Apr 6 Merle Haggard, American country music singer (Death Valley Days), dies at 79

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • Apr 6 Dennis Davis, American drummer (David Bowie), dies of cancer at 66
  • Apr 11 Emile Ford, Caribbean-born British singer and engineer (first black male singer to top UK charts), dies at 78
  • Apr 12 Alan Loveday, New Zealand and British violinist, dies at 88
  • Apr 16 Peter Tolson, English rocker (Pretty Things), dies at 64

Person of interestPrince (Rogers Nelson)

Apr 21 Prince [Rogers Nelson], American singer-songwriter and musician (1999, Purple Rain), dies at 57

  • Apr 21 Lonnie Mack, American rocker (Baby What's Wrong), dies at 74
  • Apr 24 Papa Wemba, Congolese singer, dies at 66
  • Apr 24 Billy Paul [Paul Williams], American singer (Me & Mrs Jones), dies at 81
  • Apr 30 Phil Ryan, Welsh keyboardist and composer (Man, Pete Brown), dies at 69
  • May 4 Ursula Mamlok, German American avant-garde composer, dies at 93
  • May 12 Julius La Rosa, American singer (fired by Arthur Godfrey on the air), dies at 86
  • May 17 Guy Clark, American country singer (Heartbroke), dies at 74
  • May 21 Nick Menza, American musician and drummer (Megadeth), dies at 51
  • Jun 2 Freddie Wadling, Swedish actor and musician (The Leather Nun, Fleshquartet), dies at 64
  • Jun 5 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera), dies at 94
  • Jun 10 Christina Grimmie, American singer and contestant on "The Voice", dies of a gunshot wound at 22
  • Jun 11 Alberto Remedios, British opera and concert singer, dies at 81
  • Jun 14 Henry McCullough, Irish guitarist (Wings), dies at 72
  • Jun 17 Prince Be [Attrell Cordes], American rapper (PM Dawn), dies from diabetes complications at 46
  • Jun 20 Bill Ham [Billy Mack Ham], American music impresario and manager (ZZ Top), dies at 79
  • Jun 23 Ralph Stanley, American bluegrass musician, dies at 89
  • Jun 24 Bernie Worrell, US keyboardist (Funkadelic-Cosmic Slop), dies at 72
  • Jun 27 Mack Rice, American musician and songwriter (Mustang Sally), dies at 82
  • Jun 28 Scotty Moore, American guitarist (for Elvis), dies at 84
  • Jul 2 Earle Brown, American Composer (open form), dies at 75
  • Jul 4 Geoffrey Shovelton, English opera singer, dies at 80
  • Jul 7 Rokusuke Ei, Japanese author and lyricist (Sukiyaki), dies at 83
  • Jul 12 Gregg Smith, American choral conductor and composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 16 Bonnie Brown, American country singer (The Browns), dies at 77
  • Jul 17 Gary S. Paxton [Larry Wayne Stevens], American musician and songwriter (Monster Mash, Alley Oop), dies at 77
  • Jul 20 Wayne Carson, American country musician and songwriter (Always On My Mind), dies at 73
  • Jul 24 Marni Nixon, American singer (for Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Wood & Deborah Kerr), dies at 86
  • Jul 26 Einojuhani Rautavaara, Finnish composer (Kaivos), dies at 87
  • Jul 30 Gloria DeHaven, American musical actress (Step Lively), dies at 91
  • Aug 6 Pete Fountain, American jazz clarinetist (Lawrence Welk 1957-59), dies at 86
  • Aug 20 Irving Fields, American composer and pianist (Miami Beach Rhumba), dies at 101
  • Aug 22 Toots [Jean-Baptiste] Thielemans, Belgian-American jazz musician and composer, dies at 94
  • Aug 28 Juan Gabriel, [Alberto Aguilera Valadez], Mexican singer, dies at 66
  • Aug 31 Jacques Leduc, Belgian composer, dies at 84
  • Sep 4 David Brown, American guitarist (Santana), dies at 53
  • Sep 8 Prince Buster [Cecil Campbell], Jamaican-born reggae musician and producer (Madness), dies at 78
  • Sep 10 Knut Wiggen, Norwegian computer music pioneer and composer, dies at 89
  • Sep 21 Ben Cauley, musician (The Bar-Kays) and plane crash survivor, dies at 67
  • Sep 21 John D. Loudermilk, American country singer and songwriter (Tobacco Road), dies at 82
  • Sep 30 Oscar Brand, Canadian-born American folk vocalist (Draw Me a Laugh), dies at 96
  • Oct 2 Neville Marriner, English conductor and violinist (Academy of St Martin in the Fields), dies at 92
  • Oct 13 Gerhard Wimberger, Austria composer (Glove), dies at 93
  • Oct 19 Yvette Chauviré, French ballerina, dies at 99
  • Oct 24 Pete Burns, English singer (Dead or Alive, "Spin Me Round"), dies of a cardiac arrest at 57
  • Oct 24 Bobby Vee, American pop singer (Night has a Thousand Eyes), dies at 73
  • Nov 3 Kay Starr [Katherine Starks], American singer (Wheel of Fortune), dies at 94
  • Nov 4 Eddie Harsch [Edward Hawrysch], Canadian keyboardist (Bulldog, The Black Crowes), dies at 59
  • Nov 6 Zoltan Kocsis, Hungarian pianist and conductor, dies of cancer at 64

Person of interestLeonard Cohen

Nov 7 Leonard Cohen, Canadian writer and singer-songwriter (Death of Ladies Man), dies at 82

Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen
  • Nov 9 Al Caiola, American guitarist (Bonzanza theme), dies at 96
  • Nov 11 Raynoma Singleton [Gordy], music producer and singer-songwriter (Motown), dies at 79
  • Nov 13 Leon Russell, American musician and singer-songwriter (Carny), dies at 74
  • Nov 14 Holly Dunn, American country singer (Daddy's Hands), dies of cancer at 59
  • Nov 15 Mose Allison, American jazz artist (Black Country Suite), dies at 89
  • Nov 15 Milt Okun, American music producer and arranger (John Denver, Peter, Paul and Mary), dies at 92