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Events in Music in 2019

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

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

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

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

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Singer-Songwriter
Lady Gaga
R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
  • Jan 12 Missy Eliot is the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame

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

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 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

Music AwardsGrammy 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
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Cardi B at the 2019 Grammy Awards
Cardi B at the 2019 Grammy Awards
  • 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 12 K-pop and Big Bang singer Seungri is arrested for procuring prostitutes, retires to fight the charges in South Korea
  • Mar 19 Singer Sam Smith comes out as non-binary in interview on Jameela Jamil’s Instagram show

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

Singer-Songwriter Billie Eilish
Singer-Songwriter
Billie Eilish

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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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

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

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

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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!"

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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

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Music concertMusic Concert

Jun 30 The Killers headline the Gastonbury Music festival with Kylie Minogue playing the Pyramid stage 14 years after cancer forced her to cancel

Pop Star & Singer Kylie Minogue
Pop Star & Singer
Kylie Minogue

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

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift

Music release#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

Rapper and Singer-Songwriter Lil Nas X
Rapper and Singer-Songwriter
Lil Nas X
Country Singer-Songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus
Country Singer-Songwriter
Billy Ray Cyrus

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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

Singer-Songwriter Ed Sheeran
Singer-Songwriter
Ed Sheeran
  • Aug 14 American rapper ASAP Rocky found guilty of assault in Stockholm and given a suspended sentence

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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

Model and TV Personality Chrissy Teigen
Model and TV Personality
Chrissy Teigen
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
Singer-Songwriter John Legend
Singer-Songwriter
John Legend

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

Singer-Songwriter and Model Lana Del Rey
Singer-Songwriter and Model
Lana Del Rey

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

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • 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)

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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

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

Music releaseMusic Single

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

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey