Some classic rock artists showed up at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday — even if they weren’t present physically. Pop singer Kesha performed a slowed down rendition of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me, Babe,” accompanied on piano by Ben Folds.
Celine Dion was honored with the Icon Award, which has been presented to artists such as Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, and Prince. Dion performed a rendition of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On” prior to accepting the award.
Albums, singles, and tours
- Deluxe reissues of Lou Reed albums will be released in the coming months. Lou Reed – The RCA & Arista Album Collection, a 17-disc box set, will hit shelves October 7.
- In an interview with NPR’s All Songs Considered, Paul Simon said he may take a break from songwriting for a while. His latest album, Stranger to Stranger, comes out June 3.
- Joe Walsh has announced that he will continue touring after his string of co-headlining dates with Bad Company. For a full list of dates, head to Walsh’s official website.
- May 16 – Robert Fripp of King Crimson (born in 1946)
- May 17 – Bill Bruford of Yes (born in 1949)
- May 19 – Pete Townshend of the Who (born in 1945), Phil Rudd of AC/DC (1954)
- May 20 – Joe Cocker, singer (born in 1954), Cher, singer (1946)
- May 21 – Ronald Isley of the Isley Brothers (born in 1941), Hilton Valentine of the Animals (1943), Bill Champlin of Chicago (1947)