August 28 // Beyoncé's Having a Baby!
Before performing at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, Beyoncé Knowles announced her pregnancy. The expectant mother was glowing in a long red Lanvin gown, holding her baby bump alongside husband Jay-Z. Later the singer, clad in a Dolce & Gabbana sequined tux, took to the stage to perform "Love on Top," off her Billboard 200 No. 1 album "4," before announcing, "I want you to feel the love that's growing inside me." It was the feel-good moment of the night, and paired nicely with Adele's heavy reading of "Someone Like You."
August 28 // Welcome to The F***ing Future
Wielding dark production, controversial lyrics, and a confrontational attitude, California hip-hop collective Odd Future took listeners by the throat. After leader Tyler, the Creator went viral with his "Yonkers" video, the group became ubiquitous in pop culture: Tyler winning a VMA for Best New Artist (in a rant-tastic moment from the Aug. 28 event, video above), landing a Billboard cover, getting dropped from gigs over "misogynistic" and "homophobic" lyrics, losing key cohort Earl Sweatshirt to mysterious, Samoan boarding school circumstances, and even facing assault accusations after member Left Brain reportedly slapped a female photographer at the Voodoo Festival. The Future is here and man, is it Odd.
October 5 // Rest In Peace, Steve Jobs
Many in the music industry thought of him as a savior for the weakened biz while others remained skeptical of the iTunes model, but one thing's for sure: Steve Jobs and Apple changed everything -- not just for technology but the music business, too. One of the most visionary minds in modern culture, Steve Jobs, Apple founder, passed away on Oct. 5 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, surpassing even Amy Winehouse for the most wide-reaching display of public mourning for a music-related figure in 2011.
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