2005 – Erika Jo Heriges, an 18-year-old high school senior, is named the winner of the USA Network talent series “Nashville Star” during a live broadcast from Nashville. Her prizes include a recording contract with Universal South Records and an appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.
2005 – Irish vocalist Sinead O’Connor makes a rare live appearance at the fifth annual Jammy Awards in New York. O’Connor’s performance with reggae legend Burning Spear constitutes her first on-stage appearance in New York in more than five years.
2003 – Rappers Eminem and Nas receive awards for youth empowerment and community development at the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network’s (HSAN) Detroit even. Eminem is honored with HSAN’s outstanding achievement award for his charity work in his hometown of Detroit, while Nas receives the heroes award for his song “I Can,” the inspirational lyrics or which are directed at young people.
2001 – Georgia rockers Third Day take top honors at the 32nd annual Gospel Music Assn. Dove Awards, presented at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House. The act wins five honors: rock recorded song, praise and worship album, group of the year, artist of the year, and special-event album of the year.
2001 – Son By Four is the success story at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, presented at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach, Fla. The act wins seven awards, including Hot Latin Tracks artist of the year and Billboard Latin 50 artist of the year; its hit “A Puro Dolor” is named Hot Latin track of the year, pop track of the year, and tropical/salsa track of the year.
2000 – Representatives for Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan and folk singer Cheryl Wheeler cry foul when a videotape documenting the 1999 Columbine High School shootings, set to music by the artists, is released to the public. The tape features footage shot by local firefighters of the scene at the Littleton, Colo., high school, mixed with news helicopter footage.
1999 – Sinead O’Connor is ordained as the first woman priest in the Latin Tridentine Church, a Roman Catholic splinter group. O’Connor says that although she has already celebrated Mass four times, she will study for six weeks before starting her priestly career as Mother Bernadette Mary.
1999 – Internet search hub Lycos launches a Web radio network that features five music channels. The Lycos Radio Network contains hip-hop, modern rock, smooth jazz, country, and pop formats. The service, which also contains video streaming, is hosted by live Internet DJs.
1999 – Geffen Records and Bong Load Custom Records file suits against Beck in L.A.
1998 – Country music fans raise $10,000 for tornado relief in Nashville. More than 1,500 tourists and local residents turn out for a special concert at the Wildhorse Saloon. Naomi Judd hosts, and performers volunteering their time and talent include Wade Hayes, Trace Adkins, David Ball, Eddy Raven, Burnin’ Daylight and Deryl Dodd.
1994 – Grace Slick pleads guilty to pointing a shotgun at police at her Tiburon, Calif., home on March 5. The former Jefferson Starship lead singer said she’d been under stress because her Mill Valley home had burned down the previous fall and she’d lost most of her memorabilia, including items stolen by Corte Madera firefighters.
1987 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “(I Just) Died in Your Arms,” Cutting Crew.
1977 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Southern Nights,” Glen Campbell.
1960 – Filming begins on the Elvis Presley movie “G.I. Blues.”
1942 – Bobby Rydell (Robert Ridarelli) is born in Philadelphia. His biggest hit is the No. 2 song “Wild One” from 1960. He appears in the films “Bye Bye Birdie” and “That Lady from Peking.”