On This Day

Events in Music in 2011

  • Jan 2 Fela! based on music and lyrics by Nigerian singer Fela Kuti, closes on Broadway after 463 performances and 3 Tony awards [1]
  • Jan 17 "Sure Thing" single released by Miguel (Billboard Song of the Year 2011)

Album Release

Jan 24 "21" second studio album by Adele is released (Grammy Award for Album of the Year 2012, Brit Award for British Album of the Year, 2011 Billboard Album of the Year)

Music History

Feb 9 Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday" album reaches number one on the Billboard 200 in its eleventh week on the chart

Grammy Awards

Feb 13 53rd Grammy Awards: "Need You Now"; Esperanza Spalding; Lady Gaga; Usher; Jeff Beck win

Academy Awards

Feb 27 83rd Academy Awards: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross win Best Original Score for 'The Social Network'

  • Mar 7 "Crazy Girl" single released by Eli Young Band (ACM Awards Song of the Year 2012, Billboard Song of the Year 2011)

Hall of Fame

Mar 14 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Alice Cooper Band; Neil Diamond; Dr. John; Darlene Love; Tom Waits; Leon Russell; Jac Holzman; and Art Rupe

Music History

Mar 16 U.S. Postal Service issues a set of five "Latin Music Legends" stamps, including one of Carlos Gardel

Music History

May 2 Flavor Flav is arrested on four outstanding misdemeanor warrants for various driving offenses

Album Release

May 10 Christina Perri releases her debut studio album, "lovestrong"

  • May 14 56th Eurovision Song Contest: Ell & Nikki for Azerbaijan wins singing "Running Scared" in Dusseldorf

Music Awards

May 22 19th Billboard Music Awards: Eminem, Recovery win

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 22 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: U2, Coldplay, and Beyoncé headline; other performers include B.B. King, Paul Simon, Mumford and Sons, Morrissey, and Wu-Tang Clan

  • Jul 5 "Somebody That I Used to Know" single released by Gotye ft. Kimbra (Grammy Award Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Record of the Year 2013)

Farm Aid Concert

Aug 13 Farm Aid (25th Anniversary) held in Kansas City, Kansas; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, Jamey Johnson, Jakob Dylan, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Billy Joe Shaver, and Rebecca Pidgeon

Music Single

Sep 12 "Love On Top" single released by Beyoncé (Grammy Award Best Traditional R&B Performance 2013, Billboard Song of the Year 2012)

Music Single

Sep 20 "Call Me Maybe", single by Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen, is released

  • Oct 13 Italian conductor Ricardo Muti is awarded the second $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize
  • Nov 9 45th Country Music Association Award: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton wins

Music History

Nov 9 Shakira is honoured as Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year

  • Nov 11 25th Soul Train Music Awards: Cee-Lo Green, Jill Scott win

Album Release

Nov 15 "Take Care" second studio album by Drake is released (Grammy Award Best Rap Album 2013)

Album Release

Nov 18 "The X Factor" group One Direction release their debut album "Up All Night" in Ireland and the UK

  • Nov 20 38th American Music Awards: Adele, Bruno Mars & Taylor Swift win