May 2018 in Music

Events in Music


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May 2 Kanye West widely criticized for saying "slavery is a choice" in TMZ interview

Rapper Kanye West
Rapper
Kanye West

Music releaseMusic Single

May 5 Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover releases the music video to new single "This is America" to wide acclaim

Actor, Musician and Director Donald Glover
Actor, Musician and Director
Donald Glover

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May 7 Met Gala 2018 "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination' is hosted by Anna Wintour, Amal Clooney, Donatella Versace and Rihanna wearing a Pope-inspired outfit
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  • May 12 63rd Eurovision song contest won by Netta from Israel in Lisbon, Portugal

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May 16 Painting "Past Times" by Kerry James Marshall is bought by Sean Combs for $21.1 million, most paid for a living African American atist

Rapper Puff Daddy
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Puff Daddy
  • May 20 K-pop boy band BTS are the first Koreans to perform at the Billboard Music Awards
  • May 28 South Korean boy band BTS are the first K-pop group to top the US Billboard 200 with their album "Love Yourself: Tear"

Deaths in Music

  • May 1 Max Berrú, Ecuadorian-Chilean musician, dies at 74
  • May 1 John "Jabo" Starks, American drummer (James Brown, The J.B.'s), dies at 79
  • May 1 Wanda Wiłkomirska, Polish violinist and teacher, dies at 89
  • May 2 Tony Cucchiara, Italian folk singer and songwriter (Cain and Abel), dies at 80
  • May 2 Herman Krebbers, Dutch violinist, dies at 94
  • May 4 Naser Cheshm Azar, Iranian composer, dies of a heart attack at 67
  • May 27 Russell Nype, American singer and actor (The Stuff, Call Me Madam, Dorothy), dies at 98