May 2019 in Music History

Events in Music

Billboard Music Awards

May 1 26th Billboard Music Awards: Drake wins 12; Arian Grande, Ella Mai, and Luke Combs win

Music History

May 10 Rihanna announces her new upmarket fashion label Fenty with world's largest luxury group LVMH, their first black female designer

Film Premiere

May 16 "Rocketman" film based on life of singer Elton John starring Taron Egerton premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

  • May 19 64th Eurovision Song Contest won by Duncan Laurence of the Netherlands

Music History

May 30 Singer R. Kelly charged with 11 new counts of sexual assault and abuse in Chicago


Weddings in Music

  • May 1 Actress Sophie Turner (23) and singer Joe Jonas (29) are married by an Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas

Deaths in Music

  • May 7 Georg Katzer, German composer (electro-acoustic music), dies at 84
  • May 9 Freddie Starr, English comedian & singer (The Freddie Starr Showcase), dies at 76

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May 13 American singer ("Sentimental Journey; "Que Sera, Sera"), actress known as the "girl next door" (Pillow Talk; The Man Who Knew Too Much), and animal rights activist, dies of pneumonia at 97

  • May 13 Jerome Callet, American musician and designer of brass instruments, dies at 89
  • May 19 Alfred Janson, Norwegian jazz and classical pianist and composer (Passacaglia Vendetta; Variations over Variations on a Norwegian Folk Tune), dies at 82
  • May 30 Leon Redbone [Dickran Gobalian], American blues and jazz musician ("Seduced"; Theme to Mr. Belvedere), dies at 69
  • May 31 Roky Erickson [Roger Kynard], American musician (The 13th Floor Elevators - "Starry Eyes"; "Don't Slander Me"), dies at 71