On This Day

Events in Music in 2017

  • Feb 5 Heavy metal band Black Sabbath play their last concert in their home town Birmingham, England

Grammy Awards

Feb 12 59th Grammy Awards: Adele wins Best Song "Hello" and Best Album "25"

Hall of Fame

Feb 22 Jay-Z becomes 1st rapper to be inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside Max Martin, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis

  • Mar 21 Singer Wyclef Jean wrongly identified as a suspect, handcuffed and detained by LA county sheriff’s department

Nobel Prize

Apr 1 Bob Dylan receives his Nobel Prize for Literature at a private ceremony in Stockholm

Hall of Fame

Apr 7 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez, Yes, Tupac Shakur, Journey, and Pearl Jam inducted

  • Apr 7 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Joan Baez; Electric Light Orchestra; Journey; Pearl Jam; 2Pac Shakur; Yes; and Nile Rodgers

Album Release

Apr 14 Kendrick Lamar releases his fourth studio album "Damn" (2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music)

Agreement of Interest

May 1 Billy Corgan agrees to purchase the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)

Album Release

May 12 Former One Direction singer Harry Styles releases his self-titled debut solo album

  • May 13 62nd Eurovision Song Contest: Portugal's Salvador Sobral wins singing "Amar Pelos Dois"

Music History

May 21 BTS wins the Top Social Artist at the Billboard Awards, becoming the first K-pop group to win any Billboard Award

Music Concert

May 22 Suicide bombing at Manchester Arena, England, after Ariana Grande concert kills 22 and injures 59

Music History

May 30 Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John reveals her breast cancer has returned after 25 years

  • Jun 4 Ariana Grande headlines benefit concert for victims of her Manchester concert bombing, also featuring Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Katy Perry
  • Jun 6 Korean singer T.O.P is rushed to hospital after a suspected overdose while serving mandatory military service
  • Jun 11 71st Tony Awards: "Dear Evan Hansen" best musical; "Oslo" best play

Music History

Jun 12 Forbes release Top 100 highest-paid entertainers list - Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs at No.1 with earnings of 130 million

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 21 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Radiohead, Foo Fighters, and Ed Sheeran headline; other performers include Kris Kristofferson, Barry Gibb, Katy Perry, The National, and Orchestra Baobob

Music History

Jul 21 Singer Justin Bieber barred from performing in China by Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture citing his "bad behavior"

  • Aug 3 Rapper Kidd Creole arrested and charged for stabbing to death a homeless man in New York City

Music Single

Aug 3 Camila Cabello releases her single "Havana" (biggest song worldwide 2018, 19 million copies sold)

Music History

Aug 10 Taylor Swift testifies, in Denver, Colorado court, that DJ David Mueller groped her

Music History

Sep 12 Lady Gaga confirms her battlle with chronic illness fibromyalgia

Music History

Sep 14 Selena Gomez reveals she had a kidney transplant, because of lupus, donated by her friend Francia Rais

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 16 Farm Aid held in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Blackberry Smoke, and Valerie June

  • Oct 1 Stephen Paddock shoots dead 58 people, injuring 489, at a concert in Las Vegas in the deadliest mass shooting in American history
  • Oct 4 Chinese pianist Lang Lang plays Carneige Hall one-handed due to injury with 14 year-old Maxim Lando playing his left hand for Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue"
  • Oct 7 Rapper Nelly arrested for rape in Auburn, Washington

Music History

Oct 26 National Party of New Zealand found guilty of breaching the copyright of rapper Eminem's publisher and ordered to pay $413,000 for use of the song “Eminem Esque”

  • Nov 7 Opera soprano Audrey Luna sings highest-ever note at Met Opera in New York, A above high C

Music History

Nov 15 Country singer Blake Shelton wins People Magazine's sexiest man alive award

Music History

Nov 18 Shawn Mendes is the first singer under 18 to get three No. 1 singles on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart

  • Dec 4 New York's Metropolitan Opera suspends conductor James Levine after allegations of sexual misconduct

Music History

Dec 5 Twitter reveals K-pop boy band BTS were the most tweeted-about celebrities in 2017

  • Dec 7 Naples' pizza spinning given UNESCO intangible heritage status along with Germany's organ music, Kyrgystan's Kok boru, and India's Kumbh festival
  • Dec 9 Funeral for French rock star Johnny Hallyday draws hundreds of thousands onto Paris streets

Film Premiere

Dec 9 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" directed by Rian Johnson, starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver premieres in Los Angeles

Music History

Dec 17 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" takes more than $450m worldwide in its opening weekend, 2nd largest opening in North America ($220m)

  • Dec 20 Lady Gaga signs Las Vegas residency deal for $75m at MGM Park Theatre

Music History

Dec 31 Singer Lorde called a bigot in ad in Washington Post after cancelling show in Israel