2005 – The MTV Video Music Awards Latin America are canceled. The awards show, derailed by Hurricane Wilma, is originally scheduled to take place the day earlier, but is then moved up a day. Ultimately the show is postponed.
2005 – Yusuf Islam, the singer/songwriter formerly know as Cat Stevens, is named songwriter of the year at the ASCAP Awards in London. Islam also receives the song of the year honor for “First Cut Is The Deepest,” which was first released in 1967.
2004 – Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart are the lead performers on the “Alfie” soundtrack, released on Virgin. Jagger sings lead on about one-third of the songs, including first single “Old Habits Die Hard.” Another version with Jagger, Stewart and Sheryl Crow is included as a bonus track.
2001 – Luciano Pavarotti is acquitted of tax evasion in a trial in his home town of Modena, Italy. The opera star, who was accused of owing the government $18 million for income earned from 1989-95, faced a nominal 18-month prison sentence.
2000 – The Del McCoury Band is named entertainer of the year for the fourth consecutive year at the International Blue grass Music Association Awards in Louisville, Ky.
1997 – On stage at the Grand Ole Opry, Vince Gill honors his late friend and influence, John Denver. Gill plays “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” and invites the audience to sing along.
1986 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “True Colors,” Cyndi Lauper.
1985 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Take On Me,” a-ha. The group is the first from Norway to have a No. 1 hit in the United States.
1969 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “I Can’t Get Next to You,” The Temptations.
1957 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Jailhouse Rock,” Elvis Presley.
1949 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “That Lucky Old Sun,” Frankie Laine.