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

Specific locations[edit]

  • African music
  • American music
  • Asian music
  • Australian music
  • Brazilian music
  • British music
  • Canadian music
  • Chinese music
  • Czech music
  • Danish music
  • European music
  • Finnish music
  • French music
  • German music
  • Icelandic music
  • Indian music
  • Irish music
  • Japanese music
  • Latin music
  • Malaysian music
  • Mongolian music
  • Norwegian music
  • Philippine music
  • Polynesian music
  • Scandinavian music
  • South Korean music
  • Swedish music
  • Taiwanese music
  • Vietnamese music

Specific genres[edit]

  • Classical
  • Country
  • Electronic
  • Jazz
  • Latin
  • Heavy metal
  • Hip hop
  • Rock

Albums released[edit]

Awards[edit]

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 Dave • Song of the Year: "Someone You Loved" by Lewis Capaldi • Best New Artist: Lewis Capaldi
2020 Juno Awards (Canada)
2020 MTV Video Music Awards (USA)
2020 MTV Europe Music Awards (Europe)
American Music Awards of 2020 (USA)
2020 Pulitzer Prize for Music (USA)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (USA)
Inductees: The Doobie Brothers • Whitney Houston • Depeche Mode • T. Rex • The Notorious B.I.G. • Nine Inch Nails
Mercury Prize (UK)
Polaris Music Prize (Canada)
Eurovision Song Contest (Europe)
Event cancelled as result of 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic

Bands formed[edit]

  • B.O.Y

Bands reformed[edit]

  • The Format[1]
  • Genesis[2]
  • Linkin Park[3]
  • Rage Against the Machine[4]

Bands on hiatus[edit]

  • Ladies' Code

Bands disbanded[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January[edit]

  • 1
    • Lexii Alijai, 21, American rapper
    • Marty Grebb, 74, American rock keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist (The Buckinghams, Chicago)
    • Tommy Hancock, 90, American country singer [5]
  • 2 – Lorraine Chandler, 73, American soul singer
  • 3 – Bo Winberg, 80, Swedish rock guitarist (The Spotnicks)
  • 4 – Emanuel Borok, 75, Russian-born American classical violinist
  • 5 – Martin Griffin, British space rock drummer (Hawkwind, Hawklords)
  • 7 - Neil Peart, 67, Canadian progressive rock drummer and songwriter (Rush)[6]
  • 8 – Edd Byrnes, 87, American actor and pop singer
  • 9 – Bobby Comstock, 78, American rock and roll singer
  • 10
    • Tom Alexander, 80, Scottish folk singer (The Alexander Brothers)
    • Wolfgang Dauner, 84, German jazz pianist
  • 13 – Hylda Sims, 87, British skiffle guitarist
  • 14
    • Steve Martin Caro, 71, American baroque pop singer (The Left Banke)
    • Chamín Correa, 90, Mexican classical guitarist
    • Guy Deplus, 95, French chamber music clarinetist
    • Barry Mayger, 73, English pop bassist (Chicory Tip)
    • Bruno Nettl, 89, Czech-born American ethnomusicologist and musicologist.[7]
  • 15 – Chris Darrow, 75, American country and rock singer and multi-instrumentalist (Kaleidoscope, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
  • 18
    • Dennis Garcia, 67, Filipino pop rock bassist (Hotdog)
    • David Olney, 71, American folk singer-songwriter
  • 19
    • Dan Andrei Aldea, 69, Romanian progressive rock singer and multi-instrumentalist (Sfinx)
    • Jimmy Heath, 93, American jazz saxophonist (Heath Brothers)
    • Robert Parker, 89, American R&B singer
    • Sunanda Patnaik, 85, Indian classical singer
  • 21 – Meritxell Negre, 48, Spanish pop singer (Peaches & Herb)
  • 24
    • Joe Payne, 35, American metal bassist (Divine Heresy, Nile)
    • Sean Reinert, 48, American metal drummer (Cynic, Death, Æon Spoke)
  • 25
    • Bob Gullotti, 71, American free jazz drummer (Surrender to the Air)
    • Vernon Sandusky, 80, American rock singer and guitarist (The Chartbusters)
  • 26 – Bob Shane, 85, American folk singer and guitarist (The Kingston Trio)
  • 27 – Reed Mullin, 53, American sludge metal drummer (Corrosion of Conformity)
  • 28 – Bob Nave, 75, American bubblegum pop keyboardist (The Lemon Pipers)
  • 30 – Lucien Barbarin, 63, American jazz trombonist (Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Harry Connick Jr.)[8]

February[edit]

  • 1
    • Harold Beane, 73, American funk guitarist (Funkadelic)
    • Andy Gill, 64, British post-punk guitarist (Gang of Four)
    • Peter Serkin, 72, American classical pianist
  • 2
    • Kofi B, Ghanaian highlife singer
    • Ivan Král, 71, Czech-American rock bassist and songwriter (The Patti Smith Group)
  • 4
    • Andrew Brough, New Zealand indie rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist (Straitjacket Fits)
    • Buddy Cage, 73, Canadian folk pedal steel guitarist (New Riders of the Purple Sage, Great Speckled Bird)
    • Ljiljana Petrović, 80, Serbian pop singer
  • 6
    • Lynn Evans, 95, American pop singer (The Chordettes)
    • Diego Farias, 27, American progressive metalcore guitarist (Volumes)
    • Nello Santi, 88, Italian classical conductor
  • 7
    • Nexhmije Pagarusha, 86, Albanian-Kosovan pop singer
    • Steve Weber, 76, American folk singer and guitarist (The Holy Modal Rounders)
  • 9 – Sergei Slonimsky, 87, Russian classical composer
  • 10 – Lyle Mays, 66, American jazz fusion keyboardist (Pat Metheny Group)
  • 11 – Joseph Shabalala, 78, South African isicathamiya and mbube singer (Ladysmith Black Mambazo)
  • 12
    • Paul English, 87, American country drummer
    • Victor Olaiya, 89, Nigerian highlife trumpeter
  • 13
    • Buzzy Linhart, 76, American folk rock singer-songwriter
    • Jacob Thiele, 40, American indie rock keyboardist (The Faint)
  • 14
    • Reinbert de Leeuw, 81, Dutch classical pianist and conductor[9]
    • Sonam Sherpa, 48, Indian blues rock guitarist (Parikrama)
  • 15 – Cavan Grogan, 70, Welsh rock and roll singer (Crazy Cavan and the Rhythm Rockers)
  • 16
    • Pearl Carr, 98, British pop singer (Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson)
    • Graeme Allwright, 93, New Zealand-French folk and jazz singer-songwriter
  • 17
    • Kizito Mihigo, 38, Rwandan gospel singer
    • Andrew Weatherall, 56, British electronic musician (Two Lone Swordsmen, The Sabres of Paradise) and record producer
  • 18 – Jon Christensen, 78, Norwegian jazz drummer
  • 19
    • Bob Cobert, 95, American composer
    • Pop Smoke, 20, American rapper
  • 24 – Jahn Teigen, 70, Norwegian pop and progressive rock singer (Popol Ace, Prima Vera)
  • 25 – David Roback, 61, American alternative rock and dream pop guitarist (Mazzy Star, Rain Parade, Opal)
  • 26
    • Hans Deinzer, 86, German classical clarinetist
    • Sergei Dorensky, 88, Russian classical pianist
  • 28 – Mike Somerville, 67, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Head East)
  • 29
    • Odile Pierre, 87, French classical organist and composer
    • Bill Smith, 93, American classical and jazz clarinetist

March[edit]

  • 2
    • Jan Vyčítal, 77, Czech country singer
    • Susan Weinert, 54, German jazz fusion guitarist
    • Peter Wieland, 89, German pop singer
  • 3
    • Les Cauchi, 77, American pop singer (Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge)
    • Alf Cranner, 83, Norwegian folk singer
  • 4 – Barbara Martin, 76, American R&B singer (The Supremes)
  • 6
    • McCoy Tyner, 81, American jazz pianist
    • Elinor Ross, 93, American opera soprano
  • 7
    • Jim Owen, 78, American country singer-songwriter
    • Laura Smith, Canadian folk singer-songwriter
  • 9
    • Keith Olsen, 74, American psychedelic rock bassist (The Music Machine) and record producer
    • Eric Taylor, 70, American folk singer-songwriter
  • 10
    • Marcelo Peralta, 59, Argentine jazz saxophonist
    • Beba Selimović, 80, Bosnian folk singer
  • 11 – Charles Wuorinen, 81, American classical composer
  • 12 – Don Burrows, 91, Australian jazz multi-instrumentalist
  • 14
    • Phil Phillips, 94, American pop singer-songwriter
    • Eva Pilarová, 80, Czech jazz singer
    • Genesis P-Orridge, 70, British industrial singer, songwriter and bassist (Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, Thee Majesty)
  • 16
    • Sergio Bassi, 69, Italian folk rock singer-songwriter
    • Jason Rainey, 53, American thrash metal guitarist (Sacred Reich)
  • 17 – Thái Thanh, 85, Vietnamese-American pop singer
  • 19 – Aurlus Mabélé, 66, Congolese soukous singer
  • 20
    • Kenny Rogers, 81, American country and pop singer-songwriter
    • Jerry Slick, 80, American psychedelic rock drummer (The Great Society)
  • 21 – Hellmut Stern, 91, German classical violinist
  • 22
    • Gabi Delgado-López, 61, Spanish-born German electronic singer (Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft)
    • Julie Felix, 81, American-British folk singer
    • Mike Longo, 83, American jazz pianist
    • Peter Stapleton, 65, New Zealand alternative rock drummer (The Terminals, Dadamah, Flies Inside the Sun)
    • Eric Weissberg, 80, American country and bluegrass banjoist
  • 23 – Tres Warren, 41, American psychedelic rock singer and guitarist (Psychic Ills)
  • 24
    • Manu Dibango, 86, Cameroonian makossa and jazz saxophonist
    • Bill Rieflin, 59, American rock drummer (The Blackouts, Ministry, Revolting Cocks, KMFDM, King Crimson)
  • 25 – Detto Mariano, 82, Italian rock keyboardist (I Ribelli) and film composer
  • 26
    • Olle Holmquist, 83, Swedish big band trombonist (James Last Orchestra)
    • Bill Martin, 81, British pop songwriter
  • 27
    • Bob Andy, 75, Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter (The Paragons, Bob and Marcia)
    • Mirna Doris, 79, Italian canzone Napoletana singer
    • Delroy Washington, 67, Jamaican-born British reggae singer
  • 28 – Jan Howard, 91, American country singer-songwriter
  • 29
    • Joe Diffie, 61, American country singer and songwriter
    • Alan Merrill, 69, American pop rock singer and bassist (Arrows)
    • Paravai Muniyamma, 82, Indian folk singer
    • Krzysztof Penderecki, 86, Polish classical composer and conductor
  • 30
    • Riachão, 98, Brazilian samba singer
    • Bill Withers, 81, American soul singer-songwriter
  • 31 – Wallace Roney, 59, American jazz trumpeter

April[edit]

  • 1
    • Cristina, 61, American no wave singer
    • Ellis Marsalis Jr., 85, American jazz pianist
    • Bucky Pizzarelli, 94, American jazz guitarist
    • Harold Rubin, 87, South African-born Israeli free jazz clarinetist
    • Adam Schlesinger, 52, American power pop singer, songwriter and bassist (Fountains of Wayne, Ivy, Tinted Windows)
  • 2 – Vaughan Mason, 69, American funk and electronic multi-instrumentalist (Vaughan Mason & Crew, Raze)
  • 3 – Helin Bölek, 28, Turkish folk rock singer (Grup Yorum)
  • 4
    • Timothy Brown, 82, American pop and soul singer
    • Patrick Gibson, French eurodisco drummer (Gibson Brothers)
    • Alex Harvey, 73, American country singer-songwriter
  • 5 – Barry Allen, 74, Canadian rock musician and record producer (Painter) (death announced on this date)
  • 6
    • M. K. Arjunan, 84, Indian film composer
    • Black the Ripper, 32, British grime rapper
  • 7
    • Betty Bennett, 98, American jazz and big band singer
    • Hutch Davie, 89, American pianist, arranger and composer
    • Steve Farmer, 71, American rock guitarist and songwriter (The Amboy Dukes)
    • Travis Nelsen, American indie rock drummer (Okkervil River)
    • John Prine, 73, American folk singer-songwriter
    • Hal Willner, 64, American record producer
    • Xudeydi, 91, Somali folk oud player
  • 8
    • Carl Dobkins, Jr., 79, American singer and songwriter
    • Glenn Fredly, 44, Indonesian R&B singer-songwriter
    • Chynna Rogers, 25, American rapper
  • 9
    • Andy González, 69, American Latin jazz bassist
    • Dmitri Smirnov, 71, Russian-British classical composer
  • 10
    • Big George Brock, 87, American blues harmonicist
    • Shanti Hiranand, 86, Indian classical singer
    • Jymie Merritt, 92, American jazz bassist (The Jazz Messengers)
  • 11 – Liu Dehai, 82, Chinese classical pipa player
  • 12
    • Kishen Bholasing, 35, Surinamese Baithak Gana singer and percussionist
    • Jerry Hludzik, American pop rock guitarist and bassist (The Buoys)
    • Louis van Dijk, 78, Dutch jazz pianist
  • 13
    • Ryo Kawasaki, 73, Japanese jazz fusion guitarist
    • Moraes Moreira, 72, Brazilian MPB singer and guitarist (Novos Baianos)
  • 14
    • Akin Euba, 84, Nigerian folk pianist, composer, and musicologist
    • Kassongo Wa Kanema, 73, Congolese soukous singer (Orchestra Super Mazembe)
    • Kerstin Meyer, 92, Swedish opera singer
  • 15
    • Henry Grimes, 84, American jazz bassist
    • Lee Konitz, 92, American jazz saxophonist
    • Gary McSpadden, 77, American gospel singer (The Imperials, Gaither Vocal Band, The Oak Ridge Boys)
  • 16
    • Christophe, 74, French singer-songwriter
    • Dušan Vančura, 82, Czech folk singer and bassist (Spirituál kvintet)
  • 17
    • Giuseppi Logan, 84, American jazz multi-instrumentalist
    • Matthew Seligman, 62, British new wave bassist (Bruce Woolley and the Camera Club, The Soft Boys, Thompson Twins)
  • 19
    • Alexander Vustin, 76, Russian composer
    • Ian Whitcomb, 78, British pop singer-songwriter
    • Emina Zečaj, 91, Bosnian sevdalinka singer
  • 21
    • Derek Jones, 35, American metalcore guitarist (Falling in Reverse)
    • Jacques Pellen, 63, French jazz guitarist
  • 22
    • Bootsie Barnes, 82, American jazz saxophonist
    • Marcos Mundstock, 77, Argentine comedy music singer and multi-instrumentalist (Les Luthiers)
  • 23
    • Fred the Godson, 35, American rapper
    • Kamit Sanbayev, 78, Kazakh rock singer (Dos Mukasan)
  • 24
    • Hamilton Bohannon, 78, American R&B and disco percussionist and music producer
    • Phil Broadhurst, 70, New Zealand jazz pianist
    • Harold Reid, 80, American country singer-songwriter (The Statler Brothers)
  • 25 – Alan Abel, 91, American classical percussionist
  • 26 – Big Al Carson, 66, American blues singer
  • 27
    • Lynn Harrell, 79, American classical cellist
    • Troy Sneed, 52, American gospel singer
    • Scott Taylor, British new wave guitarist (Then Jerico)
  • 28 – Bobby Lewis, 95, American R&B singer
  • 29
    • Martin Lovett, 93, British classical cellist (Amadeus Quartet)
    • Stezo, 51, American rapper
  • 30
    • Tony Allen, 79, Nigerian afrobeat and rock drummer (Fela Kuti and Afrika '70, The Good, the Bad & the Queen)
    • Óscar Chávez, 85, Mexican pop singer
    • Sam Lloyd, 56, American acapella singer (The Blanks)

May[edit]

  • 1
    • Richard Cole, 72, American jazz saxophonist[10]
    • Tavo Limongi, 52, Mexican nu metal guitarist (Resorte)[11]
    • Will Theunissen, 65, Dutch jazz rock guitarist[12]
  • 2
    • Cady Groves, 30, American country singer-songwriter[13]
    • Idir, 70, Algerian folk singer-songwriter[14]
    • Jonathan Kelly, 72, Irish folk rock singer-songwriter[15]
    • Erwin Prasetya, 48, Indonesian alternative rock bassist (Dewa 19)[16]
  • 3
    • Rosalind Elias, 90, American opera singer[17]
    • Dave Greenfield, 71, British punk and new wave keyboardist (The Stranglers)[18]
  • 4 – Dragan Vučić, 65, North Macedonian pop singer[19]

See also[edit]


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  • Timeline of musical events
  • Women in music

References[edit]

  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. "Tommy Hancock Dances His Way to Heaven (1929-2020)". Austinchronicle.com.
  6. Dakin Andone. "Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist of Rush, has died at 67". Cnn.com.
  7. "Remembering Bruno Nettl | Music at Illinois". Music.illinois.edu.
  8. Keith Spera. "Lucien Barbarin, trombonist for Preservation Hall and Harry Connick Jr., dies at 63". Nola.com.
  9. "Composer, conductor and pianist Reinbert de Leeuw has died". Gramophone. February 17, 2020.
  10. Alto Sax Master Richie Cole Has Died At The Age of 72
  11. Mexican singer Tavo Resorte, founder of the band Resorte, died
  12. Gitarist Will Theunissen (65) overleden Script error: The function "in_lang" does not exist.
  13. Cady Groves, 'This Little Girl' Singer-Songwriter, Dead at Age 30
  14. Le chanteur Idir, l’un des principaux ambassadeurs de la chanson kabyle, est mort Script error: The function "in_lang" does not exist.
  15. Irish Folk Rock Hero Jonathan Kelly aka Jon Ledingham Has Died
  16. Eks Basis Dewa 19, Erwin Prasetya, Meninggal Dunia karena Pendarahan Lambung Script error: The function "in_lang" does not exist.
  17. Obituary: Legendary Mezzo-Soprano Rosalind Elias Passes At 90
  18. Stranglers keyboardist Dave Greenfield dies aged 71 after contracting coronavirus
  19. Preminuo makedonski TV voditelj i muzičar Dragan Vučić od korona virusa Script error: The function "in_lang" does not exist.


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