2006 – The Black Eyed Peas take home three awards at the 2006 American Music Awards, held at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium and broadcast live on ABC. The Peas, which accept the awards via satellite from Costa Rica, are named favorite group in the soul/R&B and rap/hip-hop categories, and pick up honors for favorite album (“Monkey Business”) in the rap/hip-hop genre.
2002 – R&B singer/pianist Hadda Brooks dies in an L.A. hospital following open-heart surgery. She is 86.
2001 – Former pop star and U.K. music entrepreneur Jonathan King is sentenced to seven years in jail for a series of sexual assaults against schoolboys. The pop mogul, who broke into the music industry with his worldwide hit single “Everyone’s Gone to the Moon” in 1965, discovered and named such successful acts as Genesis and 10CC.
2000 – The Backstreet Boys’ “Black & Blue” debuts with one of the biggest initial retail shipments ever, with about 6 million units.
2000 – To celebrate the release of their new album “Black & Blue,” the Backstreet Boys are on hand at a fan-packed Times Square in New York to tape MTV’s “Total Request Live.”
1998 – Danish pop act Aqua and Delhi-based quartet Silk Route top the third annual Channel V Awards in Delhi, India. Aqua wins best international song and video for “Barbie Girl” and album for “Aquarium.” Silk Route wins best Indian newcomer, Indian group and Indian song for “Dooba Dooba.”
1997 – Coolio and seven members of his band 40 Thevz are arrested and charged with theft and assault in a boutique in the town of Boblingen, Germany. The eight are charged with assaulting a female clerk in a clothing store and stealing clothing worth $2,000.
1995 – Rappers 2pac Shakur and Tha Dogg Pound get into the holiday spirit by giving out 2,000 turkeys in Los Angeles.
1995 – The 60-track “The Beatles Anthology I” is released including the previously unreleased track “Free As A Bird.”
1991 – The rock group Aerosmith makes a guest appearance on an episode of the Fox TV animated comedy series “The Simpsons” titled “Flaming Moe’s.”
1975 – Elton John receives a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
1965 – Bjork Gudmundsdottir, lead singer of the Sugarcubes and later solo artist, is born in Reykjavik, Iceland.
1963 – The Elvis Presley film “Fun in Acapulco” premieres.
1941 – Dr. John (Malcolm John Rebennack) is born in New Orleans.