2020 in music

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List of years in music (table)

This topic covers notable events and articles related to 2020 in music.

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62nd Annual Grammy Awards (USA)
Record of the Year: "Bad Guy" by Billie Eilish, Album of the Year: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? by Billie Eilish, Song of the Year: "Bad Guy" by Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell, Best New Artist: Billie Eilish
Billboard Music Awards (USA)
2020 Brit Awards (UK)
British Album of the Year: Psychodrama by DaveSong of the Year: "Someone You Loved" by Lewis CapaldiBest New Artist: Lewis Capaldi
2020 Juno Awards (Canada)
Artist of the Year: Shawn MendesGroup of the Year: Loud LuxuryAlbum of the Year: The Pains of Growing by Alessia CaraSingle of the Year: "Senorita" by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello
2020 MTV Video Music Awards (USA)
Video of the Year: "Blinding Lights" by The WeekndBest Push New Artist: Doja CatArtist of the Year: Lady Gaga
2020 MTV Europe Music Awards (Europe)
2020 American Music Awards (USA)
2020 Pulitzer Prize for Music (USA)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (USA)
Inductees: The Doobie BrothersWhitney HoustonDepeche ModeT. RexThe Notorious B.I.G.Nine Inch Nails
Mercury Prize (UK)
Kiwanuka by Michael Kiwanuka
Polar Music Prize (Sweden)
Inductees: Anna NetrebkoDiane Warren
Polaris Music Prize (Canada)
Eurovision Song Contest (Europe)
Event cancelled as result of COVID-19 pandemic

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  1. ^ "The Format Reunites! See Their 2020 Tour Dates: Exclusive". Billboard.com. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  2. ^ Greene, Andy (4 March 2020). "Genesis to Launch 'The Last Domino?' Reunion Tour in November". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  3. ^ "LINKIN PARK HAVE BEEN WORKING ON NEW MUSIC". Kerrang!. 2020-04-28. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  4. ^ Baltin, Steve. "Confirmed: Rage Against The Machine To Reunite In 2020, Headline Coachella". Forbes.com.
  5. ^ https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/anathema-to-go-on-an-indefinite-hiatus/
  6. ^ "Tommy Hancock Dances His Way to Heaven (1929-2020)". Austinchronicle.com.
  7. ^ Dakin Andone. "Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist of Rush, has died at 67". Cnn.com.
  8. ^ "Remembering Bruno Nettl | Music at Illinois". Music.illinois.edu.
  9. ^ Keith Spera. "Lucien Barbarin, trombonist for Preservation Hall and Harry Connick Jr., dies at 63". Nola.com.
  10. ^ "Composer, conductor and pianist Reinbert de Leeuw has died". Gramophone. February 17, 2020.
  11. ^ Kraftwerk Co-Founder Florian Schneider Dies at Age 73
  12. ^ Cosh, Colby (8 May 2020). "Remembering Kraftwerk's Florian Schneider, the prophet of the post-human". National Post.
  13. ^ Alto Sax Master Richie Cole Has Died At The Age of 72
  14. ^ Mexican singer Tavo Resorte, founder of the band Resorte, died
  15. ^ Gitarist Will Theunissen (65) overleden (in Dutch)
  16. ^ Cady Groves, 'This Little Girl' Singer-Songwriter, Dead at Age 30
  17. ^ Le chanteur Idir, l’un des principaux ambassadeurs de la chanson kabyle, est mort (in French)
  18. ^ Irish Folk Rock Hero Jonathan Kelly aka Jon Ledingham Has Died
  19. ^ Eks Basis Dewa 19, Erwin Prasetya, Meninggal Dunia karena Pendarahan Lambung (in Indonesian)
  20. ^ Obituary: Legendary Mezzo-Soprano Rosalind Elias Passes At 90
  21. ^ Stranglers keyboardist Dave Greenfield dies aged 71 after contracting coronavirus
  22. ^ Sångaren Bob Lander i The Spotnicks död (in Swedish)
  23. ^ Lorne Munroe - former principal cellist of Philadelphia and New York Philharmonic - has died
  24. ^ R.I.P. John Erhardt of Wussy and Ass Ponys
  25. ^ In Memory of Dr. Frederick C. Tillis | 1930-2020
  26. ^ Preminuo makedonski TV voditelj i muzičar Dragan Vučić od korona virusa (in Bosnian)
  27. ^ Hillard 'Sweet Pea' Atkinson, Legendary Vocalist With Was (Not Was), Dies at 74
  28. ^ Landon ‘Sonny’ Cox, the colorful coach who built King High School into a national basketball power, dies at 82
  29. ^ Remembering Didi Kempot, from Street Busker to Campursari Legend
  30. ^ Morre Ciro Pessoa, um dos fundadores dos Titãs (in Portuguese)
  31. ^ Nas & Jungle's Artist Kiing Shooter Dies From COVID-19
  32. ^ Millie Small dies; Blackwell remembers her as 'a special person'
  33. ^ Ehemaliger Staatsopernchordirektor Balatsch ist tot (in German)
  34. ^ Brian Howe dead: Bad Company frontman dies of heart attack on way to hospital
  35. ^ Second member of banned Turkish folk group dies after hunger strike
  36. ^ Ty, Mercury prize-nominated UK rapper, dies aged 47 of coronavirus
  37. ^ Andre Harrell, Music Executive Who Discovered Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs, Dies at 59
  38. ^ Little Richard, Founding Father of Rock Who Broke Musical Barriers, Dead at 87
  39. ^ David Corrêa, maior vencedor de sambas-enredo da Portela, morre no Rio aos 82 anos (in Portuguese)
  40. ^ Betty Wright, Legendary Soul and R&B Artist, Has Died at 66
  41. ^ Bad News, le chanteur Moon Martin est mort (in French)
  42. ^ Godiego Guitarist Takami Asano Passes Away at 68
  43. ^ Décès de Gabriel Bacquier (in French)
  44. ^ Murió el cantante Yoshio por complicaciones de COVID-19 (in Spanish)
  45. ^ Jorge Santana, Malo Guitarist And Latin Rock Maestro, Dead At 68
  46. ^ Canadian musician Denny DeMarchi loses battle with cancer
  47. ^ Sergio Denis murió a los 71 años, a más de un año del grave accidente que sufrió sobre el escenario (in Spanish)
  48. ^ Phil May, frontman with the Pretty Things, dies aged 75
  49. ^ American Blues Legend Lucky Peterson Dies at 55
  50. ^ Mister Raumpatrouille ist tot (in German)
  51. ^ Hawaiian music legend Willie K dies after lengthy lung cancer battle
  52. ^ Operettstjärnan Berith Bohm har avlidit (in Swedish)
  53. ^ Dancehall Mourns The Death Of Legendary Producer Bobby Digital At 59
  54. ^ ENO are very saddened to learn that Baritone Neil Howlett has passed away
  55. ^ Former Poison Idea Drummer Steven “Thee Slayer Hippy” Hanford Dead at 50
  56. ^ Mory Kanté: African music star dies aged 70
  57. ^ Rapper KJ Balla shot and killed in Brooklyn
  58. ^ City Schlagzeuger Klaus Selmke erliegt Krebsleiden (in German)
  59. ^ Jimmy Cobb, The Pulse Of 'Kind Of Blue,' Dies At 91
  60. ^ Mort à 103 ans de Lily Lian, dernière chanteuse de rue de Paris (in French)
  61. ^ In Memoriam: Al Rex
  62. ^ Bucky Baxter, Pedal-Steel Great Who Toured With Bob Dylan, Dead at 65
  63. ^ Waterford native and showband legend Brendan Bowyer passes away
  64. ^ Charlie Monttana, Legendary Mexican Rock Urbano Singer Has Died
  65. ^ Lennie Niehaus, Alto Saxophonist and Frequent Clint Eastwood Collaborator, Dies at 90
  66. ^ Cantor e compositor Evaldo Gouveia morre de Covid-19 no Ceará (in Portuguese)
  67. ^ Bruce Kulick Says There Won't Be A Traditional Funeral For His Brother Bob Due To COVID-19 Pandemic
  68. ^ La grande soprano Mady Mesplé est morte (in French)
  69. ^ Legendary Kenyan Twist Singer John Nzenze is Dead
  70. ^ Robert Northern, who, as ‘Brother Ah,’ became a synthesizer of sounds, dies at 86
  71. ^ Nigerian reggae legend Majek Fashek dies at 57
  72. ^ Misfits drummer Joey Image reportedly dead at 63
  73. ^ Steve Priest Dies: Bassist Who Co-Founded Sweet Was 72
  74. ^ Cooper, Nathanael (16 September 2020). "Peter Starikies, Skyhooks founding member, dies aged 72". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 September 2020.