Events in Music in 2001

Music History

Jan 4 Rapper Vanilla Ice spends night in jail after allegedly ripping out some of his wife's hair during a row

American Music Awards

Jan 8 28th American Music Awards: Faith Hill & Kid Rock win

  • Jan 9 Apple announced iTunes at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, for organizing and playing digital music and videos

Music History

Jan 12 Disney Channel series "Lizzie McGuire" premieres starring Hilary Duff

Music History

Jan 14 Jennifer Lopez scored her first UK No.1 single with 'Love Don't Cost A Thing'

  • Feb 12 "Ain't Nothing 'bout You" single released by Brooks & Dunn
  • Feb 21 43rd Grammy Awards: "Beautiful Day"; Shelby Lynne win

Soul Train Music Awards

Feb 28 15th Soul Train Music Awards: The Isley Brothers, Destiny's Child & Jay-Z win

Hall of Fame

Mar 19 16th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Aerosmith; Solomon Burke; The Flamingos; Michael Jackson; Queen; Paul Simon; Steely Dan; Ritchie Valens; James Burton; Johnnie Johnson; and Chris Blackwell

Music Single

Apr 23 Fatboy Slim releases single "Weapon of Choice", music video directed by Spike Jonze starring Christopher Walken dancing

  • May 8 36th Academy of Country Music Awards: Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill & Toby Keith win
  • May 12 46th Eurovision Song Contest: Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL for Estonia wins singing "Everybody" in Copenhagen

Music Concert

May 12 Ringo Starr's seventh All-Starr Band debuts in concert; members include: Roger Hodgson, Ian Hunter, Howard Jones, Greg Lake, Sheila E., and Mark Rivera

Music Single

May 15 "Fiesta" single released by R. Kelly featuring Jay-Z and Boo & Gotti (Billboard Song of the Year 2001)

  • Jun 13 35th TNN & CMT Country Weekly Music Awards: George Strait, Faith Hill, and Alan Jackson win

Music History

Jul 17 Craig David releases “Born to Do It” in the United States

Film Premiere

Jul 29 "The Princess Diaries", starring Anne Hathaway (in her film debut), featuring Julie Andrews, and directed by Garry Marshall, premieres at El Capitan theater in Hollywood

  • Aug 21 "How You Remind Me" single released by Nickelback (Billboard Song of the Year 2002)
  • Aug 25 Singer Aaliyah and 8 others killed in an air crash in the Bahamas
  • Sep 5 John Cage's musical composition "As Slow as Possible", to be played for 639 years, begins at St. Burchardi Church, Halberstadt, Germany

Video Music Awards

Sep 6 18th MTV Video Music Awards: Lady Marmalade, Eve f/ Gwen Stefani & Moby f/ Gwen Stefani win

Music Single

Sep 8 Kylie Minogue releases her single "I Just Can't Get You Out of My Head", the biggest of her career

  • Sep 11 Betty Farmer, American jazz and cabaret singer, killed in World Trade Center attack at 62
  • Sep 11 Jay-Z releases his album "Blueprint" featuring contributions by Eminem and Kanye West

Television Premiere

Oct 2 "Scrubs", starring Zach Braff as Dr. John "J.D." Dorian, premieres on NBC

Music Premiere

Oct 18 Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus' musical "Mamma Mia!", featuring the songs of ABBA, opens at The WInter Garden Theatre, NYC, later transferring to The Broadhurst; runs for 5,733 performances

  • Oct 21 "United We Stand" benefit concert for September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks victims, held at RFK Stadium Washington, D.C. organized and headlined by Michael Jackson and featuring Aerosmith, Mariah Carey and The Backstreet Boys

Album Release

Nov 13 Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira's fifth studio album and first English language album, "Laundry Service", is released

Album Release

Nov 20 Josh Groban releases his debut album "Josh Groban"; sales exceed over 5 million units

Billboard Music Awards

Dec 4 12th Billboard Music Awards: Destiny's Child and Shaggy win