On This Day

Events in Music in 2003

  • Jan 7 "In Da Club" single is released by 50 Cent (MTV Video Music Award Best Rap Video and Best New Artist 2003, Billboard Song of the Year 2003)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 13 Rock musician Pete Townshend of The Who was arrested in London on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children. He was later cleared.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 13 30th American Music Awards: Sheryl Crow & Eminem win

Rapper and Songwriter Eminem
Rapper and Songwriter
Eminem
Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow
Singer-songwriter
Sheryl Crow

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 2 Jennifer Lopez starts a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'All I Have'

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez
  • Feb 2 Russian pop girl duo Tatu start a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'All The Things She Said'

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 3 Actress Lana Clarkson is shot and killed by Phil Spector at Spector's house in Alhambra, California

Music Producer Phil Spector
Music Producer
Phil Spector
  • Feb 6 50 Cent releases his album “Get Rich or Die Trying’” (2003 Billboard Album of the Year)
  • Feb 20 During a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display sets the club ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 300 others.

Music awardsGrammy Awards

Feb 23 45th Grammy Awards: Don't Know Why, Norah Jones wins

Singer and Pianist Norah Jones
Singer and Pianist
Norah Jones

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 1 17th Soul Train Music Awards: LL Cool J, Mariah Carey & Nelly win

Actor and Rapper LL Cool J
Actor and Rapper
LL Cool J
Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey
  • Mar 10 "My Front Porch Looking In" single released by Lonestar (Billboard Song of the Year 2003)

Music awardsCMT Music Awards

Apr 7 37th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Toby Keith & Martina McBride win

Country Singer-Songwriter Martina McBride
Country Singer-Songwriter
Martina McBride
Country Singer and Actor Toby Keith
Country Singer and Actor
Toby Keith

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 19 Nina Simone is awarded and honorary degree by the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone
Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Nina Simone
  • May 21 38th Academy of Country Music Awards: Toby Keith, Martina McBride & Kenny Chesney win
  • May 24 48th Eurovision Song Contest: Sertab Erener for Turkey wins singing "Everyway That I Can" in Riga

Music concertMusic Concert

May 24 Paul McCartney performs in his first-ever concert in Russia, in Moscow's Red Square, to a crowd of over 100,000 people

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 10 "Wicked", starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, officially opens at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco

Actress and Singer Idina Menzel
Actress and Singer
Idina Menzel

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

Aug 28 20th MTV Video Music Awards: Missy Elliott, Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake win

Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Singer
Beyoncé Knowles
Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake
Singer-songwriter
Justin Timberlake
Rapper Missy Elliott
Rapper
Missy Elliott

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 17 Billy Corgan presents his poetry at the Art Institute of Chicago's Rubloff Auditorium

Musician Billy Corgan
Musician
Billy Corgan
  • Oct 30 "Wicked" premieres on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 4 "Shock'n Y'all" 8th studio album by Toby Keith is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2004)

Country Singer and Actor Toby Keith
Country Singer and Actor
Toby Keith

Music release#1 in the Charts

Nov 11 Josh Groban releases his second album "Closer"; it goes to #1 on US charts and becomes his biggest seller

Singer Josh Groban
Singer
Josh Groban

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 17 Britney Spears, at 21 years old, becomes the youngest singer to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 5 Mexican singer Thalia the "Queen of Latin Pop" is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Thalía
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Thalía