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)


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)

#1 in the Charts

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

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)

Music History

Mar 9 Bonham's Auctions in New York City conducts sale of Eric Clapton and friends' guitars and amplifiers to benefit Crossroads Centre at Antigua, a drug and alcohol residential rehabilitation facility he co-founded in 1997, raising over $1.75M

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Mar 14 26th 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

Latin Music Legends

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

So Beautiful or So What

Apr 8 Hear Music Records releases "So Beautiful or So What", the twelfth solo studio album by American singer-songwriter Paul Simon

Music History

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


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
  • Jun 8 45th CMT Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, and Blake Shelton win
  • Jun 12 65th Tony Awards: "The Book of Mormon" (musical) & "War Horse" (play) 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)
  • Aug 11 Rock group "The Go-Go’s" receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in front of the former nightclub called "The Masque"

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, and Billy Joe Shaver [1]

Music History

Aug 29 "Tha Carter IV" 9th studio album by Lil Wayne is released

Love On Top

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

Music History

Sep 15 Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli performs with the NY Philharmonic and guests Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, and Pretty Yende, on the Great Lawn of New York City's Central Park; 70,000 in attendance

  • Sep 17 British singer-songwriter Adele's single "Someone Like You" goes to #1 in US; track was also topped charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Finland, France, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, and UK

Call Me Maybe

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

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

Music History

Nov 9 Pop singer-songwriter Shakira is honored as Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year

  • Nov 11 25th Soul Train Music Awards: Cee-Lo Green, Jill Scott win
  • Nov 12 Opera "Silent Night" by Kevin Puts opens at the Ordway Theater, St. Paul sung in English, German, French, Italian and Latin (winner 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music) [1]

Take Care

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

The X Factor

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

  • Nov 20 39th American Music Awards: Adele, Bruno Mars & Taylor Swift win