Events in Music in 2020

Music History

Jan 8 Singer Justin Bieber reveals he has Lyme disease, an infectious disease spread by ticks

Grammy Awards

Jan 26 62nd Grammy Awards: Billie Eilish wins 5 Grammys, including album, record and song of the year

  • Feb 18 40th BRIT Awards: Best Album "Psychodrama" by rapper Dave, Best Song of the Year "Someone You Loved" by Lewis Capaldi

Music History

Mar 2 American rap group Public Enemy part ways with Flavor Flav after 35 years over playing for free at Bernie Sanders rally

Music History

Mar 2 American singer-songwriter Garth Brooks receives Library of Congress Gershwin Prize at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

  • Mar 6 American rapper Lil Uzi Vert second album, "Eternal Atake", tops the Billboard charts upon its release
  • Mar 17 Golden Raspberry Film Awards (Razzies): Musical "Cats" wins six awards including worst film

Farm Aid Concert

Apr 11 Farm Aid "At Home" held virtually; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Black Pumas, Bonnie Raitt, Boz Scaggs, Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton, Edie Brickell, Jack Johnson, and Jon Batiste [1]

Music Concert

Apr 13 Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli sings a special Easter concert in the deserted Milan cathedral, accompanied by an organist

Music Concert

Apr 18 "Together At Home" virtual benefit concert for the World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund curated by Lady Gaga; 6-hour pre-show streams on-line, followed by 2-hour global telecast; performers include: Andra Day, Common, The Killers, Charlie Puth, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Annie Lennox, and Zucchero

Music History

Jun 21 Kurt Cobain's guitar during Nirvana's MTV Unplugged show sells for a record $6 million

Music History

Jun 25 American country music band "The Dixie Chicks" change their name to "The Chicks" to remove connotations of Confederate history, two weeks after band "Antebellum" changed their name to "Lady A"

  • Jul 2 Funeral for slain Ethiopian singer Hachalu Hundessa in Ambo amid nationwide unrest at his death that has killed over 80 people

Music History

Jul 22 Kim Kardashian asks for understanding of her husband Kanye West's struggles with his bipolar disorder on Instagram

Music Single

Aug 7 Cardi B releases single "WAP", featuring Megan Thee Stallion, debuts at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

Music History

Aug 8 Music mogul Simon Cowell breaks his back riding an electric exercise bike

Music Single

Aug 21 Korean pop group BTS releases single "Dynamite,"; becomes 1st video to be watched more than 100 million times in 24 hours on YouTube

  • Aug 31 Singer Akon lays first stone for Akon city, futuristic solar-powered city to be built in Senegal, saying will be real-life version of Wakanda in "Black Panther"

Music History

Sep 1 BTS become the 1st all-Korean pop act to top the Billboard 100 singles chart with "Dynamite"

Album Release

Oct 23 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 20th studio album "Letter To You", recorded with the E Street Band

Hall of Fame

Nov 7 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Depeche Mode; The Doobie Brothers; Whitney Houston; Nine Inch Nails; The Notorious B.I.G.; T-Rex; Jon Landau; and Irving Azoff

Music History

Nov 13 British pop singer Harry Styles becomes the first-ever solo male cover star for US Vogue

Music History

Nov 13 Kylie Minogue becomes the first woman to top the UK album chart over five consecutive decades with "Disco"

Music History

Dec 7 Bob Dylan sells his entire songwriting catalog of more than 600 songs to the Universal Music Publishing Group for over $300 million

  • Dec 21 Hawaiian vocalist Israel Kamakawiwoʻole's official music video for his rendition of Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg's "Over the Rainbow" reaches a billion views on YouTube