6. And Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger’s future wife, Avril Lavigne, is nominated for three Grammys, including Song of the Year for “Complicated.”
Which is maybe the grandmother of summer songs from this decade, like “Call Me Maybe” and “Shower.”
7. And Norah Jones drops one of her FIVE Grammys that she won that night.
Because five Grammys is a lot of Grammys.
10. March 10: On the eve of the Iraq War, the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines says two sentences that change the group’s career forever.
11. March 11: Wordplay-loving Jason Mraz puts out “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry),” inspired by his friend who had cancer.
13. April 28: Apple launches the iTunes Music Store, effectively killing off MP3 services like Napster, and changing the music industry forever.
The store launches with 200,000 songs available for download, at 99 cents each, and more than 1 million songs are sold in its first week.
Later that year, Apple finally makes iTunes available to Windows users.
16. May 21: Ruben Studdard wins the second season of American Idol, and then we basically never hear from him again.
While his debut album, Soulful, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, his later work doesn’t perform as well. He does go on to release six albums — some of which are well-received by critics — but none of them really make an impact in the mainstream pop scene.
18. July 1: Ashanti debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with her sophomore album, Chapter II.
Thereby blessing the universe with “Rock Wit U (Awww Baby).”
She also RIDES AN ELEPHANT in the video.
20. Aug. 28: Madonna shocks your parents and makes history at the MTV VMAs when she locks lips with Britney Spears.
Thanks to a cutaway reaction shot of Justin Timberlake, we don’t get to see that she kissed Christina too.
25. Nov. 14: Jay Z “retires” with The Black Album. The world learns what problem Jay Z does not have.
26. Nov. 18: Britney Spears breaks her own record, becoming the first female artist to have four consecutive albums hit No. 1 on the Billboard chart with In the Zone.
It’s propelled by the career-defining single “Toxic.”
27. And Blink-182 release their kind of serious, self-titled fifth album, proving that even punk kids grow up.
- U.S. presidential candidates are making their final pitches before the New Hampshire Primary, the second voting contest of the nominating season 🇺🇸
- The Pentagon has confirmed that North Korea successfully launched a satellite into orbit on Sunday night.
- President Obama asked Congress for $1.8 billion to fight the spread of the Zika virus across the Americas.