— DAMN. is right: Kendrick Lamar wins the Pulitzer Prize for music for his 2017 album, making him the first nonclassical or jazz artist to collect the award.
— Carrie Underwood sings “Cry Pretty” at the Academy of Country Music Awards in April, her first performance since a late-2017 fall left her with 40 stitches on her face.
— Twelve-year-old viral Walmart yodeler Mason Ramsey plays Coachella and the Grand Ole Opry before releasing debut EP Famous (Atlantic Records/Big Loud) in July.
— Beyoncé and Jay-Z surprise fans by releasing joint album Everything Is Love as The Carters during the London stop of their On the Run II Tour in June.
— In July, members of Pussy Riot spend 15 days in prison after rushing the field at the World Cup final dressed in police uniforms to protest human-rights abuses in Russia.
— A week before Travis Scott’s third album, Astroworld, arrives Aug. 3, massive gold-colored replicas of his head appear atop landmarks in Houston, New York and Los Angeles.
— 2 Chainz marries longtime love Kesha Ward at Miami’s Versace Mansion in August, three months after proposing (for the second time) while on the Met Gala red carpet in New York.
— Jennifer Lopez accepts the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMAs and performs a medley of hits including the 2002 smash “Jenny From the Block.”
— At the Emmys in September, John Legend wins best live variety special for Jesus Christ Superstar, making him the first black man (and youngest person ever) to earn EGOT status.
— After a five-year wait, Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V debuts atop the Billboard 200 in September with the second-biggest streaming week ever for an album.