On This Date
1995 – Brandy released the single “Sittin’ Up In My Room.”
1998 – The Brandy album “Never Say Never” was certified multi-Platinum.
1999 – James Brown entered the digital age by releasing the album “James Brown Christmas For The Millennium & Forever,” which was only available through Internet download.
2003 – The U.S. Supreme Court gave civil rights icon Rosa Parks the go-ahead to pursue her legal battle against rap duo Outkast. Parks sued the pair for using her name as the title of one of their songs without her permission.
Dressed in a Santa Claus suit, LL Cool J showed up with toys at a hip-hop holiday party for disadvantaged kids in New York City. The party, held by music mogul Russell Simmons, also included Jay-Z, Ashanti, Tweet and others on its guest list.
2004 – Usher picked up eleven awards at the 2004 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, including overall Artist of the Year. Other winners included Alicia Keys who won seven awards, Outkast who took five awards and Kanye West who received four. Destiny’s Child was presented with Billboard’s Artist Achievement Award. And Stevie Wonder was presented with Billboard’s Century Award.
2005 – Mariah Carey, Kanye West, and John Legend were among the artists who emerged with multiple nominations during the nominee announcement for the 48th Annual Grammy Awards. Each nabbed eight nominations each.
2006 – Actor Wesley Snipes pleaded not guilty to charges he illegally claimed millions of dollars in tax refunds. An eight count indictment charged Snipes with conspiracy to defraud the IRS, failing to file tax returns, and presenting a fraudulent claim.
2009 – Chris Brown released his “Graffiti” album.