Events in Music in 2019

Music History

Jan 3 "Surviving R. Kelly" docuseries investigating sexual abuse by R&B singer R. Kelly premieres on Lifetime in the US

Golden Globes

Jan 6 76th Golden Globes: "The Americans", "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Green Book", Glenn Close and Rami Malek among the winners

Music History

Jan 10 Lady Gaga apologises for working with R. Kelly in light of docuseries "Surviving R. Kelly"

  • Jan 12 Missy Eliot is the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame

Music History

Jan 25 Documentary "Leaving Neverland" detailing singer Michael Jackson's relationship with two boys premieres at the Sundance Film Festival

  • Feb 2 American singer R. Kelly arrested after turning himself in on ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, including with three minors
  • Feb 3 Rapper 21 Savage arrested by US immigration for overstaying his visa
  • Feb 6 Davido's 'Fall' becomes longest-charting Nigerian pop song in US Billboard history

Grammy Awards 2019

Feb 10 61st Grammy Awards: Childish Gambino first rapper to win Best Song and Best Record for "This Is America"; Best Album "Golden Hour" Kacey Musgraves

  • Feb 14 Singer Ryan Adams accused of sexual misconduct towards younger upcoming female singers in a report by "The New York Times"
  • Feb 22 Musician Peter Frampton announces he has a degenerative muscular disease and his next tour will be his last
  • Mar 3 South African music star Mampintsha shown hitting girlfriend Babes Wodumo on Instagram Live and later arrested for assault
  • Mar 12 K-pop and Big Bang singer Seungri is arrested for procuring prostitutes, retires to fight the charges in South Korea

Music History

Mar 13 Cuban-American singer-songwriter Gloria Estefan and songwriter-musician Emilio Estefan receive Library of Congress Gershwin Prize at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

  • Mar 19 Singer Sam Smith comes out as non-binary in interview on Jameela Jamil’s Instagram show

Music Concert

Mar 21 Ringo Starr's fourteenth All-Starr Band debuts in concert; members include: Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Colin Hay, Hamish Stuart, Gregg Bissonette, and Warren Ham

Hall of Fame

Mar 29 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Cure; Def Leppard; Janet Jackson; Stevie Nicks; Radiohead; Roxy Music; and The Zombies

Album Release

Mar 29 Singer-songwriter Billie Eilish releases her debut studio album "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?"

Music History

Mar 31 Elton John joins George Clooney's call to boycott hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei after Brunei plans new anti-gay laws to make homosexual sex punishable by death

  • Mar 31 Rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle fatally shot outside his clothing store in Los Angeles

Music History

Apr 13 BTS is the first K-pop band to perform on US TV show "Saturday Night Live"

Music History

Apr 15 Aretha Franklin posthumously receives the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor, first individual woman to win it since 1930

Album Release

Apr 17 Beyoncé releases a live album of her 2018 Coachella performance on the same day as her Netflix documentary "Homecoming"

Music History

May 10 Rihanna announces her new upmarket fashion label Fenty with world's largest luxury group LVMH, their first black female designer

  • May 16 "Rocketman" film based on life of singer Elton John starring Taron Egerton premieres at the Cannes Film Festival
  • May 19 64th Eurovision Song Contest won by Duncan Laurence of the Netherlands
  • May 30 Singer R. Kelly charged with 11 new counts of sexual assault and abuse in Chicago

Music History

Jun 3 Jay-Z named the world's first billionaire rapper by Forbes magazine

CMT Music Awards

Jun 5 53rd CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, and Kane Brown win

Tony Awards

Jun 9 73rd Tony Awards: "Hadestown" best musical, "The Ferryman" best play, Bryan Cranston and Elaine May win

  • Jun 9 Ali Stroker becomes the first actress in a wheelchair to win a Tony award for musical "Oklahoma!"

Music History

Jun 11 "The New York Times" reveals an estimated 500,000 song titles, including masters of Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald, lost in 2008 warehouse fire on Universal backlot in Los Angeles

Album Release

Jun 14 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 19th studio album "Western Stars"

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 26 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: American rock band The Killers headline; Kylie Minogue plays the Pyramid stage 14 years after cancer forced her to cancel; other performers include Bastille, Hozier, and Mavis Staples

Music History

Jul 10 Taylor Swift named the world's highest paid entertainer by Forbes earning $185 million in 2018

#1 in the Charts

Jul 29 Record for longest run at the top of US singles chart made by country rap single "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X remixed with Billy Ray Cyrus, No. 1 for 17 weeks

Music History

Aug 2 Singer songwriter Ed Sheeran's Divide tour becomes the most attended and highest grossing tour of all time overtaking U2 after 893 days on the road

  • Aug 14 American rapper ASAP Rocky found guilty of assault in Stockholm and given a suspended sentence

Music History

Sep 9 John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen fire back at Donald Trump on social media after he calls them "boring" and "filthymouthed" in tweets over Criminal Justice Reform

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 21 Farm Aid held in East Troy, Wisconsin; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Bonnie Raitt, Luke Combs, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Margo Price, Yola, Tanya Tucker, and Ho-Chunk Thundercloud Singers [1]

Music History

Oct 17 Lana Del Rey's ballad "Video Games" named song of the decade at Q Awards in London

Music History

Nov 3 Olivia Newton-John's black leather outfit from the film "Grease" sells for $405,700 at auction in Beverly Hills, California

Music Single

Nov 19 The Weeknd releases his single "Blinding Lights" - goes on to become the longest charting song on Billboards Top 100 at 90 weeks

  • Nov 24 Taylor Swift wins six awards at American Music Awards including Artist of the Year and Artist of the Decade
  • Nov 29 K-pop stars Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon sentenced to prison for gang-raping unconscious fans and distributing footage of it (Jung)

Music History

Dec 3 Spotify say Drake the most streamed star of the 2010s with 28 billion streams, Ed Sheeran's "Shape Of You" most streamed track with 2.4 billion streams

  • Dec 8 Vienna State Opera stages its first show by a female composer in 150 years - Olga Neuwirth’s opera, “Orlando”

Music Concert

Dec 9 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at The Beacon Theatre, NYC; performers include: Sting, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Bob Geldof, Ricky Martin, Eurythmics, Deborah Harry, Shaggy, Zucchero, MC Rodriguez, and H.E.R.

#1 in the Charts

Dec 16 Mariah Carey's single "All I Want For Christmas Is You" reaches No. 1, 25 years after release