2017 in Music

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Events in Music

  • Feb 5 Heavy metal band Black Sabbath play their last concert in their home town Birmingham, England

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 12 59th Grammy Awards: Adele wins Best Song "Hello" and Best Album "25"

Singer-songwriter Adele
Singer-songwriter
Adele

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Feb 22 Jay-Z becomes 1st rapper to be inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside Max Martin, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis

Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
Jay-Z
  • Mar 21 Singer Wyclef Jean wrongly identified as a suspect, handcuffed and detained by LA county sheriff’s department

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Apr 1 Bob Dylan receives his Nobel Prize for Literature at a private ceremony in Stockholm

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Apr 7 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez, Yes, Tupac Shakur, Journey, and Pearl Jam

Rap Musician and Actor Tupac Shakur
Rap Musician and Actor
Tupac Shakur

AgreementAgreement of Interest

May 1 Billy Corgan agrees to purchase the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)

Musician Billy Corgan
Musician
Billy Corgan

Music releaseAlbum Release

May 12 Former One Direction singer Harry Styles releases his self-titled debut solo album

Singer Harry Styles
Singer
Harry Styles
  • May 13 62nd Eurovision Song Contest: Portugal's Salvador Sobral wins singing "Amar Pelos Dois"

Music concertMusic Concert

May 22 Suicide bombing at Manchester Arena, England, after Ariana Grande concert kills 22 and injures 59

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 30 Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John reveals her breast cancer has returned after 25 years

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • Jun 4 Ariana Grande headlines benefit concert for victims of her Manchester concert bombing, also featuring Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Katy Perry
  • Jun 6 Korean singer T.O.P is rushed to hospital after a suspected overdose while serving mandatory military service
  • Jun 11 71st Tony Awards: "Dear Evan Hansen" best musical, "Oslo" best play

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 21 Singer Justin Bieber barred from performing in China by Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture citing his "bad behavior"

Pop Star Justin Bieber
Pop Star
Justin Bieber
  • Aug 3 Rapper Kidd Creole arrested and charged for stabbing to death a homeless man in New York City

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 10 Taylor Swift testifies that DJ David Mueller groped her in court in Denver, Colorado

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 12 Lady Gaga confirms her battlle with chronic illness fibromyalgia

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Singer-Songwriter
Lady Gaga

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 14 Selena Gomez reveals she had a kidney transplant, because of lupus, donated by her friend Francia Rais

Singer and Actress Selena Gomez
Singer and Actress
Selena Gomez

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

Sep 18 69th Emmy Awards: hosted by Stephen Colbert, "The Handmaid's Tale", Elisabeth Moss, Sterling K Brown, Julia Dreyfus, Donald Glover win

Actress Elisabeth Moss
Actress
Elisabeth Moss
Actor, Musician and Director Donald Glover
Actor, Musician and Director
Donald Glover
Actor Joseph Fiennes
Actor
Joseph Fiennes
  • Oct 4 Chinese pianist Lang Lang plays Carneige Hall one-handed due to injury with 14 year-old Maxim Lando playing his left hand for Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue"
  • Oct 7 Rapper Nelly arrested for rape in Auburn, Washington

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 26 National Party of New Zealand found guilty of breaching copyright of rapper Eminem's publisher and must pay $413,000 for use of the sing “Eminem Esque”

Rapper Eminem
Rapper
Eminem
  • Nov 7 Opera soprano Audrey Luna sings highest-ever note at Met Opera in New York, A above high C
  • Nov 15 Country singer Blake Shelton wins People Magazine's sexiest man alive award
  • Dec 4 New York's Metropolitan Opera suspends conductor James Levine after allegations of sexual misconduct
  • Dec 9 Funeral for French rock star Johnny Hallyday draws hundreds of thousands onto Paris streets

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 9 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" directed by Rian Johnson, starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver premieres in Los Angeles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 17 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" takes more than $450m worldwide in its opening weekend, 2nd largest opening in North America ($220m)

Composer John Williams
Composer
John Williams
  • Dec 20 Lady Gaga signs Las Vegas residency deal for $75m at MGM Park Theatre

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 31 Singer Lorde called a bigot in ad in Washington Post after cancelling show in Israel

Singer Lorde
Singer
Lorde

Weddings in Music

  • Feb 27 Gossip Girl's star Penn Badgley (30) weds singer Domino Kirke in New York
  • Mar 12 Country music singer-songwriter and guitarist Frankie Ballard (34) weds Old Smokey Boots owner Christina Murphy
  • Mar 12 Actress and singer-songwriter Amanda Seyfried (31) weds actor Thomas Sadoski (40) in a private ceremony
  • Apr 13 "New Girl" actress Hannah Simone (36) weds musician Jesse Giddings in a secret ceremony
  • Apr 15 Country music singer and songwriter Sam Hunt (32) weds Hannah Lee Fowler in Cedartown, Georgia
  • May 6 Country music singer Josh Gracin (36) weds partner Katie Weir in Nashville, Tennessee
  • May 13 Country music vocalist Dan Smyers (29) weds longtime love Abby Law in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jun 3 Actress, singer and Broadway star Bell Bundy (36) weds TBS executive Thom Hinkle at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California
  • Sep 16 Welsh singer Charlotte Church (31) marries musician Jonny Powell (30) in Cardiff

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 4 Georges Prêtre, French conductor known for interpretation, dies at 92
  • Jan 8 Peter Sarstedt, British musician (Where do you go to my lovely), dies at 75
  • Jan 10 Buddy Greco, American jazz singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House), dies at 90
  • Jan 18 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), dies at 86
  • Jan 21 Maggie Roche, Irish-American singer-songwriter (Roches), dies of cancer at 65
  • Jan 21 Veljo Tormis, Estonian composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 23 Bobby Freeman, American singer (Do You Want to Dance), dies at 76
  • Jan 24 Butch Trucks, American drummer (the Allman Brothers), dies at 69
  • Jan 31 John Wetton, British rock vocalist and bassist (Asia, King Crimson), dies of cancer at 67
  • Jan 31 Deke [Roger] Leonard, Welsh rock musician (Man), dies at 72
  • Feb 4 Gervase de Peyer, British clarinetist, dies at 89
  • Feb 8 Nicolai Gedda, Swedish opera tenor (Opera Two to Six), dies at 91
  • Feb 12 Al Jarreau, American jazz singer (Moonlighting), dies at 76
  • Feb 17 Alan Aldridge, British artist, graphic designer and illustrator whose artwork was used in record covers for The Beatles and The Who, dies at 73
  • Feb 19 Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (11th House), dies at 73
  • Feb 21 Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Polish-born classical conductor and composer, dies at 93
  • Mar 3 Misha Mengelberg, Dutch jazz pianist and composer (Reconstruction), dies at 81
  • Mar 5 Kurt Moll, German bass opera singer, dies at 78
  • Mar 10 [Joan] Joni Sledge, vocalist (Sister Sledge "We are Family"), dies at 60
  • Mar 16 James Cotton, American blues vocalist and harmonica player, dies at 81
  • Mar 18 Chuck Berry [Charles Andersen], American rock n' roll guitarist and singer-songwriter (Roll over Beethoven), dies at 90
  • Mar 18 Trisha Brown, American choreographer and dancer, dies at 80
  • Mar 23 Lola Albright, American singer and actress (Delta Country, Kid Galahad, A Cold Wind in August), dies at 92
  • Mar 27 Arthur Blythe, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 76
  • Apr 3 Kishori Amonkar, Indian classical Hindustani singer, dies at 84
  • Apr 11 J. Geils [John Warren Geils Jr], American rock guitarist (J. Geils Band - Centerfold), dies at 71
  • Apr 15 Allan Holdsworth, British guitarist, dies at 70
  • Apr 20 Cuba Gooding Sr., American singer (Everybody Plays the Fool), dies at 72
  • May 18 Chris Cornell, American musician (Soundgarden, Audioslave), commits suicide at 52
  • May 18 Frankie Paul [Paul Blake], Jamaican reggae musician, dies of kidney disease at 51
  • May 27 Gregg Allman, American musician and songwriter (Allman Brothers Band), dies of cancer at 69
  • Jun 13 Anita Pallenberg, Italian model and actress credited as the muse of the Rolling Stones, dies of complications of hepatitis C. at 75
  • Jun 20 Prodigy [Albert Johnson], American rapper (Mobb Deep), dies at 42
  • Jul 20 Chester Bennington, American singer and songwriter (Linkin Park), commits suicide at 41
  • Jul 22 Bobby Taylor, American singer and producer who discovered "The Jackson 5" (Motown Records), dies of cancer at 83
  • Aug 1 Goldy McJohn, Canadian musician (Steppenwolf), dies at 72

Person of interestGlen Campbell

Aug 8 Glen Campbell, American actor and singer (Time I Get to Phoenix), dies at 81

Actor and Country Singer Glen Campbell
Actor and Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • Aug 8 Barbara Cook, American stage singer and actress (Music Man), dies at 89
  • Aug 19 Bea Wain, American singer and radio host (Deep Purple, Heart and Soul), dies at 100
  • Aug 22 John Abercrombie, American jazz guitarist, dies of heart failure at 72
  • Aug 29 Janine Charrat, French ballerina and choreographer, dies at 93
  • Sep 2 Halim El-Dabh, Egyptian-American composer (Martha Graham Ballets), dies at 96

Person of interestWalter Becker

Sep 3 Walter Becker, American rock bassist and record producer (Steely Dan-Peg), dies of esophageal cancer at 67

Musician and Producer Walter Becker
Musician and Producer
Walter Becker
  • Sep 5 Holger Czukay [Holger Schüring], German musician (Can), dies at 79
  • Sep 8 Donald "Don" Williams, American country singer (I Believe in You), dies from emphysema at 78
  • Sep 11 Peter Hall, English stage, film and opera director (Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre director), dies at 86
  • Sep 15 Harry Dean Stanton,American actor, musician, and singer (Lucky, Alien, Cool Hand Luke, The Godfather Part II), dies at 91
  • Sep 27 Zuzana Ruzickova, Czech harpsichordist and WWII survivor, dies from pneumonia at 90
  • Sep 27 Anne Jeffreys [Annie Carmichael], American singer and actress (Dick Tracy, Topper, General Hospital), dies at 94
  • Sep 30 Alam Thomas "Tom" Paley, American folk musician (New Lost City Ramblers), dies at 89
  • Oct 2 Tom Petty, American classic rock singer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), dies of an accidental overdose at 66
  • Oct 17 Ingvar Lidholm, Swedish composer (Toccata e Canto), dies at 95
  • Oct 22 George Young, Scottish-Australian musician, songwriter and record producer (the Easybeats, Flash and the Pan), dies at 70

Person of interestFats Domino

Oct 24 Antione "Fats" Domino, American rhythm & blues star of the early rock ’n’ roll era (Blueberry Hill, Blue Monday), dies from natural causes at 89

Singer Fats Domino
Singer
Fats Domino
  • Nov 1 Katie Lee, American folk singer, environmentalist and author (Colorado River Songs), dies at 98
  • Nov 7 Robert De Cormier, American conductor and musical director (The Belafonte Folk Singers), dies at 95
  • Nov 7 Paul Buckmaster, British Grammy Award-winning artist, arranger, conductor and composer, dies at 71
  • Nov 9 Fred Cole, American rock artist (The Lollipop Shoppe, Dead Moon, Pierced Arrows), dies from cancer at 69
  • Nov 11 Francesco "Frank" Corsaro, American opera director (The Night of the Iguana, Play of the Week), dies at 92
  • Nov 17 William Mayer, American composer (A Death in the Family, Brief Candle), dies from heart failure at 91
  • Nov 19 Della Reese [Delloreese Patricia Early], American singer and actress (Della Reese Show, Royal Family), dies at 86
  • Nov 19 Mel Tillis [Lonnie Melvin Tillis], American country singer (Who's Julie, M-M-Mel), dies of respiratory failure at 85
  • Nov 21 David Cassidy, American singer and actor (Keith-Partridge Family), dies at 67
  • Nov 24 Carol Neblett, American soprano (Met and City Opera), dies at 71
  • Nov 24 Mitch Margo, American rocker (The Tokens, The Lion Sleeps Tonight), dies of natural causes at 70
  • Nov 28 Shadia [Fatmah Ahmed Kamal Shaker], Egyptian actress and singer Midaq Alley, The Thief and the Dogs), dies from respiratory failure at 86
  • Nov 30 Jim Nabors, American comedian, actor and singer (Gomer Pyle, Back Home Again in Indiana), dies from health complications at 87
  • Dec 5 Johnny Hallyday [Jean-Philippe Smet], French singer and actor known as the "Elvis Presley of France," dies from lung cancer at 74
  • Dec 7 James "Sunny" Murray, American jazz musician and drummer, dies at 81
  • Dec 12 Pat DiNizio, American rock vocalist (The Smithereens), dies from ill health at 62
  • Dec 16 Keely Smith [Dorothy Keely], American jazz and popular music singer (Mrs Louie Prima), dies from heart failure at 89
  • Dec 17 Kevin Mahogany, American jazz vocalist (Double Rainbow), dies at 59
  • Dec 18 Jonghyun [Kim Jong-hyun], South Korean singer-songwriter, radio host, and author (SHINee), commits suicide at 27
  • Dec 25 Vladimir Shainsky, Soviet and Russian composer, dies at 92
  • Dec 28 Rose Marie [Mazzetta], American actress, comedienne and singer (The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Doris Day Show), dies at 94