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Bandleader Karl King is honoured with a surprise testimonial dinner held in the Savory Hotel, Des Moines, Iowa, USA, with congressman James Dolliver presiding. Two hundred and fifty guests attend, including Paul Yoder, Glenn Cliff Bainum, and A.A. Harding. Governor William Beardsley presents a plaque declaring King to be the foremost composer of band music and an inspiration to millions of young musicians.
A UK Silver Disc is awarded to the single Heartaches By The Number by Guy Mitchell.
A Silver Disc is awarded in the UK to the hit single It's Now Or Never by Elvis Presley.
A Silver Disc is awarded in the UK to the hit single Little Donkey by Nina and Frederick, an internationally successful singing duofrom Denmark, Europe.
It is reported that Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Connie Francis has been chosen as the Christmas Seal Song for 1961 by the Natuional Tuberculosis Association in the USA.
The hit single The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens is awarded a Gold Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
A UK Silver Disc is awarded to the single Speedy Gonzales by Pat Boone.
A UK Silver Disc is awarded to the single Things by Bobby Darin.
British Prime Minister Harold Wilson presents The Beatles with their Show Business Personalities of the Year (1963) Award at The Dorchester Hotel, London, UK.
From their chartered plane 23,000 feet above Kansas, USA, en route to Cincinnati, The Beatles transmit thank-you messages to guests at a Melody Maker awards lunch in London, UK.
Cliff Richard attends The Valentines Awards ceremony held by UK pop weekly Disc, in London, England, UK, Europe.
Janis Joplin is chosen as Best Female Singer in the annual readers' poll in UK music paper Melody Maker.
The Fifth Dimension are awarded a Gold Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A. for the hit single Wedding Bell Blues.
Venus by Dutch band Shocking Blue, is awarded a gold disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Emerson, Lake and Palmer (E.L.P.) are awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA for the album Trilogy.
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Emerson, Lake and Palmer (E.L.P.) are awarded a US gold disc by the R.I.A.A. for the album Trilogy.
Al Green is awarded a gold disc for his single Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy) by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
UK pop weekly the NME publishes its annual readers' poll, showing The Jam as Best Group of 1981.

Other NME Poll Winners : Altered Images - Best New Act

Siouxsie Sioux - Best Female Singer

David Bowie - Best Male Singer

Paul Weller (The Jam) - Best Songwriter

The Specials' Ghost Town - Best Single

Echo And The Bunnymen - Heaven Up Here - Best Album.

Carlton Haney, founder of the first three-day Indiana-based bluegrass Festival in 1965, is awarded a Certificate Of Merit by the International Bluegrass Music Association, (IBMA), in Owensboro, Kentucky, USA.
No Jacket Required by Phil Collins is awarded a 7x platinum disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Johnny Cash, Booker T. And The MGs, Jimi Hendrix, Sam And Dave, Bobby "Blue" Bland, guitar maker Leo Fender, songwriter Doc Pomus and The Yardbirds, including Eric Clapton are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, USA.
Silhouette by Kenny G is certified as a triple platinum album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Michael Jackson presents Debbie Allan with the Outstanding Choreography award at the 26th Annual NCAAP Image Awards.
A statue of the late American avant-garde rocker Frank Zappa is unveiled in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, Europe.
Joni Mitchell, The Jackson 5, The Bee Gees, Bill Monroe, King Records founder Syd Nathan, Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills And Nash are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Santana, with Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 on vocals, release a new single, Smooth, on Arista Records in the USA. It will win three Grammy Awards (Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals). In 2013, Smooth will be ranked as the second most successful song of all time by Billboard.
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At the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, USA, The Ramones are inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame by Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam.
It is announced that Bono of U2 is among the nominees for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize, because of his efforts to promote awareness of the effects of HIV/AIDS in Africa.
The single 1985 by Bowling For Soup is awarded double platinum status in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
The Ronettes, The Jordanaires, The Tokens and The O'Jays are inducted into the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame at a ceremony in The Convention Hall, Wildwood, New Jersey, USA.
SS501 receive their first music program award on M! Countdown in South Korea, Asia, for their single, Never Again. Indeed, as hosts of the show, they present themselves with the award.
Multi-award winning guitarist and producer Steve Dawson releases his second solo album, We Belong To The Gold Coast, in Canada.
The hit single Boondocks by Little Big Town is awarded gold status by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Canada Post (the Canadian Post Office) issues limited edition postage stamps bearing the images of Anne Murray, Paul Anka, Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell.
Two singles by Carrie Underwood, Wasted and So Small, are certified as gold discs by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
George Harrison of The Beatles gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1750 Vine Street, next to former bandmate John Lennon's star. Appropriately, because Capitol Records was The Beatles' American record label, both stars are located in front of the Capitol Studios HQ building.
Bess Lomax Hawes dies aged 88. The daughter of folklorist John A. Lomax, she was a member of 40's folk supergroup The Almanac Singers, and was awarded the US National Medal Of Arts.
Bullet For My Valentine are chosen as Best British Band and Best Live Band at the 17th Kerrang! Awards ceremony at the Old Truman Brewery in London, England, UK.
Folksinger and activist Judy Collins is awarded the Eugene O'Neill Lifetime Achievement Award by the Irish American Writers and Artists, Inc [IAW&A].
Carly Rae Jepsen is named as Billboard magazine's Rising Star for 2012. The award will be presented on November 1 at the Billboard Women in Music event in New York City, USA.
Dee Snider of Twisted Sister is the subject of The Revolver/Guitar World Rock and Roll Roast, at the City National Grove of Anaheim in Anaheim, California, USA.
Katy Perry attends the Elle Style Awards in London, UK, where she is named Woman Of The Year. The Award is presented by Kylie Minogue. Pharrell Williams, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Rita Ora, Lily Allen and Ellie Goulding are also in attendance.
Nickelodeon's 27th Annual Kids' Choice Awards is held at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California, USA. Music winners are :

1. One Direction - favourite Group

2. Justin Timberlake - favourite Male Singer

3. Selena Gomez - Favourite Female Singer

4. Sory Of My Life by One Direction - Favourite Song

The Eighth Annual ACM Honors event is held at Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Carrie Underwood cries when presented with the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award; The Jim Reeves International Award goes to Steve Buchanan and Rascal Flatts; and the Career Achievement Award is shared by Toby Keith and Ronnie Milsap.
Seventeen years after dying in a plane crash, John Denver is awarded the 2,531st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Madame Tussauds unveil a new wax figure of Taylor Swift in celebration of her latest album ‘1989’ at Madame Tussauds, Washington DC, USA.
Spotify announces that David Guetta has surpassed 2 billion streams on their service. Guetta thus becomes both the first EDM artist and first French artist ever to pass the landmark. Prior to Guetta only Ed Sheeran and Eminem have notched up a billion streams.
Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Drake are among the artists performing live at the Brit Awards 2016 in The O2 Arena, London, England, UK, Europe. Adele collects four awards, One Direction scoop the British Artist Video Of The Year award.
Award-winning blues guitarist Tommy Castro and Shana Morrison play in The Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, California, USA.
Fifth Harmony perform as a quartet for the first time at The Peoples' Choice Awards, in the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, USA. They also win the event's Favourite Group trophy.