Events in Music in 2016

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 6 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" breaks North American box office record, passing the $760.5m taken by "Avatar"

Composer John Williams
Composer
John Williams
  • Feb 9 Super Bowl L: Denver Broncos defeat Carolina Panthers 24–10, at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara. Beyoncé, Coldplay and Bruno Mars perform the halftime show.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 15 58th Grammy Awards: Best Song "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran, Best Album "1989" by Taylor Swift

Singer-Songwriter Ed Sheeran
Singer-Songwriter
Ed Sheeran
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 20 4-inch lock of John Lennon's hair sells for $35,000 to a memorabilia collector at an auction in Dallas, Texas

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music releaseAlbum Release

Mar 25 Zayn's [Zayn Malik] solo debut album "Mind of Mine" is released, 1st British male artist to debut at No. 1 in US

Singer-songwriter Zayn Malik
Singer-songwriter
Zayn Malik

Music releaseMusic Single

Apr 5 "One Dance" single Released by Drake (Billboard Song of the Year 2016)

Singer-Songwriter Drake
Singer-Songwriter
Drake

Music releaseAlbum Release

Apr 23 Beyoncé releases her 6th album "Lemonade" with a 1 hour film on HBO

  • Apr 29 "Views" 4th studio album by Drake is released
  • Apr 29 "H.O.L.Y" single released by Florida Georgia Line (Billboard Song of the Year 2016)
  • May 14 61st Eurovision Song Contest: Ukraine's Jamala wins singing "1944"
  • Jun 23 Led Zeppelin cleared of stealing riff from "Stairway to Heaven" from band Spirit in a Los Angeles court

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 8 Billy Corgan announces a new solo album, recorded with producer Rick Rubin, via a Facebook live video

Musician Billy Corgan
Musician
Billy Corgan

Music releaseAlbum Release

Sep 23 Shawn Mendes releases his album "Illuminate", debuts at No. 1 US Billboard 200

Singer-Songwriter Shawn Mendes
Singer-Songwriter
Shawn Mendes

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Oct 13 American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • Dec 2 Fire during a dance party at an Oakland warehouse kills 36
  • Dec 7 Pakistan International Airways plane crashes north of Islamabad, killing all 48 on board, including singer turned preacher Junaid Jamshed
  • Dec 10 Bob Dylan is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature at a ceremony he does not attend in Stockholm

KnightedKnighthood

Dec 30 Ray Davies of The Kinks is awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II