2003 – The 20th annual MTV Video Music Awards begin with a big surprise, with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera singing Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” while decked out in racy wedding attire similar to what the Material Girl wore during her performance of the song at the 1984 ceremony. Madonna herself then appears to sing her latest single, “Hollywood,” at one point exchanging open-mouth kisses with both Spears and Aguilera.
2002 – Foul weather forces teen pop icon Britney Spears off the stage in Mexico City after only four songs. Spears later issues an apology.
2001 – Presley Scott Harwell, son of Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell and Michelle Laroque, dies from complications due to acute lymphatic leukemia.
1999 – Simon “Mahlathini” Nkabinde, lead singer of South African group Mahlathini & the Mahotella Queens, dies in Vosloorus of complications from diabetes. He is 62.
1999 – Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard is arrested for bouncing a check for a portion of his bail in his ongoing terrorist threat case in Santa Monica Superior Court.
1998 – It is announced that after 12 years and six albums, the members of Columbia Records act Toad The Wet Sprocket will go their own ways. Of the split, the band’s singer/guitarist Glen Phillips says, “We came together as kids but have grown in different directions as adults.”
1996 – Fashion designer and musician Harold C. Fox dies at the age of 86.
1995 – The TV special premiere of Michael Jackson’s video “You Are Not Alone” features a semi-clad Jackson cavorting with his bride, Lisa Marie Presley.
1992 – Patti LaBelle abruptly ends a concert in Warwick, R.I., after complaining on stage about backstage food.
1979 – The World Series of Rock is held at Cleveland Stadium, with Journey, Ted Nugent and Thin Lizzy.
1973 – A crowd of 600,000 gathers for a rock festival at Watkins Glen Raceway, N.Y., to hear the Grateful Dead, the Band and the Allman Brothers Band.
1957 – Jerry Lee Lewis makes his TV debut on the “Steve Allen Show.”
1945 – Rick Wright of Pink Floyd is born in London. Billboard ranks the group’s 1973 album “Dark Side of the Moon” as the longest-charting album of all time. It stays on the magazine’s pop album chart for more than 10 years and sells more than 10 million copies.
1944 – Blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield is born in Chicago. He dies on Feb. 15, 1981, in San Francisco of an accidental drug overdose.