On This Day

Events in Music in 2021

  • Jan 14 Uganda elections re-elect President Museveni (in power since 1986), with main opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine disputing the result

Super Bowl

Feb 7 The Weeknd becomes the first Canadian solo artist to headline the Super Bowl half time show (Super Bowl LV)

COVID-19 Pandemic

Mar 2 Dolly Parton receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine she gave $1 million to help develop

Grammy Awards

Mar 14 63rd Grammy Awards: Beyoncé breaks record for most Grammys won by a singer (28), Taylor Swift win Album of the Year and Billie Eilish Record of the Year

  • Apr 9 Uganda opposition party National Unity Platform Party, headed by Bobi Wine, claims 623 people have been abducted and tortured by the government of President Yoweri Museveni [1]

Music History

Apr 26 Kanye West's Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototype trainers sell for a record $1.8 million in a private sale at Sotheby's

  • May 22 Eurovision Song Contest won by Italian metal band Maneskin with 524 points in Rotterdam

CMT Music Awards

Jun 9 55th CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood with John Legend, Kane Brown, and Gabby Barrett win

Music History

Jun 23 Britney Spears requests a judge end her court-ordered conservatorship, states "I think this conservatorship is abusive. I don't think I can live a full life"

Music History

Jul 11 Billionaire Richard Branson flies to the edge of space on his Virgin Galactic rocket plane in space tourism test

Music History

Aug 3 Singer Tony Bennett celebrates his 95th birthday with Lady Gaga in the first of 2 "farewell" performances at Radio City Music Hall, NYC

Music History

Aug 4 Rihanna named the world's wealthiest female musician worth $1.7 billion by Forbes [1]

Music History

Aug 5 Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts (80) announces he will be unable to accompany the band on its 2021 U.S. tour, based on medical advice; American Steve Jordan tapped to fill in

  • Aug 12 Britney Spear's father says he will step down as her conservator after the singer called his conservatorship abusive, amid a #FreeBritney campaign

Music History

Aug 22 Josephine Baker will be the first black woman to be interred in the Panthéon in Paris, according to the French government

  • Aug 24 Beyoncé becomes first black woman and third person to wear the Tiffany Diamond in an advertising campaign for the company alongside her husband Jay-Z

Music Premiere

Aug 25 Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus' musical "Mamma Mia!", featuring the songs of ABBA, re-opens at the Novello Theatre in London's West End, after Covid-19 interruption stopped performances in March of 2020

Music History

Sep 13 Nicki Minaj tweets misinformation about vaccines making men impotent, forcing prominent officials to publicly debunk it, including Antony Fauci and the Health Minister of Trinidad

Music History

Sep 19 RuPaul becomes the most decorated black artist in Emmy history, winning his 11th award for "RuPaul’s Drag Race"

  • Sep 26 74th Tony Awards: "Moulin Rouge!" Best Musical, "The Inheritance" Best Play, Aaron Tveit, Lois Smith and Adrienne Warren win

Music History

Sep 27 R&B artist R. Kelly is convicted on nine counts of racketeering and sex trafficking after a six-week trial in New York [1]

  • Sep 29 Britney Spears' father Jamie Spears suspended as her conservator by a judge in Los Angeles after claims of abuse

Music Concert

Oct 1 Rock singer David Lee Roth announces his retirement will follow a five-concert residency in Las Vegas in January 2022

  • Oct 6 Carnegie Hall in NYC re-opens after 18 month pandemic shutdown with a concert by The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Hall of Fame

Oct 30 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Foo Fighters; The Go-Go's; Jay-Z; Carole King; Todd Rundgren; Tina Turner; Kraftwerk; Gil Scott-Heron; Charley Patton; LL Cool J; Billy Preston; Randy Rhodes; and Clarence Avant

  • Nov 12 LA judge rules to end Britney Spears' conservatorship, which had controlled almost all aspects of her life for 14 years
  • Nov 12 "Voyage", ABBA's first album of new material in 40 years, tops the UK album chart

Film Release

Nov 12 Taylor Swift releases her directorial debut the short film "All Too Well" alongside her re-recorded album "Red (Taylor's Version)"

Album Release

Nov 19 Adele releases her fourth studio album "30"

Album Release

Nov 19 Rounder Records releases "Raise The Roof", the 2nd collaborative album by American bluegrass singer Alison Krauss and British rock vocalist Robert Plant

Music History

Nov 25 Peter Jackson's documentary series "The Beatles: Get Back" premieres on Disney+

  • Nov 28 Barbados becomes a Republic, removing Queen Elizabeth II as head of state in a ceremony with Sandra Mason sworn in as the first President, with Rihanna declared a national hero
  • Nov 30 Josephine Baker becomes the first black woman to be honored at Paris’ Panthéon, France's highest honor

Music History

Dec 5 Kennedy Center Honors ceremony held for Joni Mitchell, Bette Midler, Berry Gordy, Lorne Michaels and Justino Diaz with President Biden attending in Washington D.C.

Film Premiere

Dec 13 Marvel superhero film "Spider-Man: No Way Home" starring Tom Holland, Zendaya and Benedict Cumberbatch, directed by Jon Watts, premieres in Los Angeles

Music History

Dec 15 Bruce Springsteen sells his music back catalogue to Sony Music Entertainment for an estimated $500 million, in possibly the biggest deal ever for a single artist [1]