Kurt Cobain (1967 – 1994)
Kurt Cobain (foreground) and Krist Novoselic live at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards.
|Birth name||Kurt Donald Cobain|
|Also known as||Kurdt Kobain|
|Born||February 20, 1967
Aberdeen, Washington, U.S.
|Died||April 5, 1994 (aged 27)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Genres||Grunge, alternative rock|
|Occupations||Musician, singer-songwriter, artist|
|Labels||Sub Pop, DGC, Geffen|
|Associated acts||Nirvana, Fecal Matter|
Univox Hi-Flier Mosrite “The Ventures” Guitar
After signing with major label DGC Records, the band found breakthrough success with “Smells Like Teen Spirit” from its second album Nevermind (1991). Following the success of Nevermind, Nirvana was labeled “the flagship band” of Generation X, and Cobain hailed as “the spokesman of a generation”. Cobain, however, was often uncomfortable and frustrated, believing his message and artistic vision to have been misinterpreted by the public, with his personal issues often subject to media attention. He challenged Nirvana’s audience with its final studio album In Utero (1993). It did not match the sales figures of Nevermind but was still a critical and commercial success.
During the last years of his life, Cobain struggled with heroin addiction, illness and depression. He also had difficulty coping with his fame and public image, and the professional and lifelong personal pressures surrounding himself and his wife, musician Courtney Love. On April 8, 1994, Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle, the victim of what was officially ruled a suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. The circumstances of his death at age 27 have become a topic of public fascination and debate. Since their debut, Nirvana, with Cobain as a songwriter, has sold over 25 million albums in the US, and over 75 million worldwide.
Rihanna performing during the Diamonds World Tour, June 2013
|Born||Robyn Rihanna Fenty
February 20, 1988 (age 25)
Saint Michael, Barbados
|Residence||New York City, U.S.|
|Net worth||US$ 90 million|
Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988), known by her stage name Rihanna (/riˈɑːnə/ ree-ah-nə or /riˈænə/ ree-an-ə), is a Barbadian recording artist, actress, and fashion designer. She was born in Saint Michael, Barbados, and her career began when she met record producer Evan Rogers through mutual friends in late 2003 and recorded demo tapes under Rogers’s guidance. Her demo tape was sent to several record labels, and she subsequently signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for its president, rapper Jay-Z. Her debut album, Music of the Sun (2005) and its follow-up A Girl Like Me (2006) both peaked in the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart. The albums spawned the Billboard Hot 100 top two hit single “Pon de Replay” and her first Hot 100 number-one “SOS“.
Her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), and its chart-topping lead single “Umbrella” were major breakthroughs in her career that brought her to widespread prominence. The album and its Reloaded version (2008) produced the worldwide hit singles “Don’t Stop the Music“, “Take a Bow“, and “Disturbia“. The record was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Umbrella”. Following a highly-publicized altercation with then-boyfriend Chris Brown, she released her fourth studio album, Rated R, in November 2009. It was followed by three more albums: Loud (2010), Talk That Talk (2011), and her first Billboard 200 number one album Unapologetic (2012). That same year, she appeared in her first theatrical feature film, Battleship. Many of her songs rank among the world’s best-selling singles of all time, such as “Umbrella”, “Take a Bow”, “Disturbia”, “Only Girl (In the World)“, “S&M“, “We Found Love“, and “Diamonds“. In addition to her solo work, Rihanna has collaborated with numerous other artists, including being featured on the worldwide hits “Live Your Life” (with T.I.), “Love the Way You Lie” and “The Monster” (both with Eminem).
Rihanna is known for consistently reinventing her style and image, most notably since her third album Good Girl Gone Bad. Her work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including seven Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, 22 Billboard Music Awards, and two BRIT Awards. She has sold over 30 million albums and 120 million singles worldwide, which makes her one of the best-selling artists of all time. She has achieved thirteen number one singles on theBillboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the youngest and fastest solo artist to achieve the feat. Billboard named her the Digital Songs Artist of the 2000s decade and the top Hot 100 artist of the 2010s decade. In 2012, Forbes ranked her the fourth most powerful celebrity of the year, with earnings of $53 million between May 2011 and May 2012. The same year, TIME named Rihanna one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. On November 24, 2013, Rihanna was presented with the first ever American Music “Icon” Award.
|Sir Sidney Poitier
|Ambassador of the Bahamas to Japan|
April 15, 1997
|Prime Minister||Hubert Ingraham (1999-02; 2007-12)
Perry Christie (2002-07; 2012-Pres.)
|Born||February 20, 1927 (age 86)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Juanita Hardy (1950–1965)
Joanna Shimkus (1976–present)
|Occupation||Actor, director, writer, diplomat|
In 1963, Poitier became the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field. The significance of this achievement was later bolstered in 1967 when he starred in three successful films: To Sir, with Love; In the Heat of the Night; and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, making him the top box-office star of that year. In all three films, issues revolve around the race of the characters Poitier portrays. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Poitier among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, ranking 22nd on the list of 25.
Poitier has directed a number of popular movies, such as A Piece of the Action, Uptown Saturday Night, Let’s Do It Again (with friend Bill Cosby) and Stir Crazy (starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder). In 2002, thirty-eight years after receiving the Best Actor Award, Poitier was chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Honorary Award, designated “To Sidney Poitier in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being.”Since 1997, he has been the Bahamian ambassador to Japan. On August 12, 2009, Sidney Poitier was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America’s highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama.
Nancy Wilson (jazz singer)
Nancy Wilson in 1968
|Born||February 20, 1937 (age 76)|
|Origin||Chillicothe, Ohio, U.S.|
|Genres||Blues, jazz, cabaret, pop, Soul|
|Labels||MCG Jazz, Capitol, Blue Note|
|Associated acts||Ramsey Lewis, George Shearing, Cannonball Adderley,James Ingram, Hank Jones, Billy Taylor|
Nancy Wilson (born February 20, 1937) is an American singer with more than 70 albums, and three Grammy Awards. She has been labeled a singer of blues, jazz, cabaret and pop; a “consummate actress”; and “the complete entertainer.” The title she prefers, however, is song stylist. She has received many nicknames including “Sweet Nancy”, “The Baby”, “Fancy Miss Nancy” and “The Girl With the Honey-Coated Voice”.
|Born||Javier Manuel Hernandez, Jr.
February 20, 1978 (age 35)
Montebello, California, U.S.
Early life and career
Hernandez was born in Montebello, California, the son of Isis (née Maldonado), a secretary and accountant, and Javier Hernandez, Sr., a mechanic. He has a younger sister, Amelia, and two older brothers, Michael and Gabriel. Hernandez is a fourth-generation Mexican American. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in Rosemead, California, but transferred to Schurr High School in Montebello his senior year. While riding an elevator in a high rise in Los Angeles, Hernandez was approached by talent manager Howard Tyner who suggested Hernandez had what it took to have a successful career in Hollywood. He enrolled Hernandez into acting school and sent his pictures to casting agents.
From 1998 to 2000 he played Antonio Lopez on the NBC series Hang Time. Hernandez subsequently hit success with his role opposite Kirsten Dunst in Crazy/Beautiful. He has since appeared in several major Hollywood films, including playing the lead roles in Carlito’s Way: Rise to Powerand the 2005 horror film Hostel and World Trade Center. Hernandez appeared in the action/crime film Takers, which was released in August 2010.
Since 2006, Hernandez has been married to his former Hang Time co-star Daniella Deutscher.