Michael Jackson lived on. Green Day and Bruce Springsteen rocked out. Lady Gaga turned heads. Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Taylor Swift triumphed. Adam Lambert shocked. Phish, No Doubt and Blink-182 reunited. Lil Wayne, Amy Winehouse and T.I. had their day in court. It all happened in 2009, and we've got the photos to prove it.
Music fans ring in 2009 at the Falls Music & Arts Festival
on Jan. 1 in Lorne, Australia.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wave to
Beyonce after she performs "At Last" at the first Inaugural Ball
on Jan. 20.
Mary J. Blige sings in front of the Lincoln Memorial at an
inaugural celebration for President Barack Obama on Jan. 18.
Queen Latifah, Bono, Beyonce and Larry Mullen, Jr. hang out
backstage at President Barack Obama's "We Are One" inaugural
celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 18.
Eminem gives Lady Gaga the old sideways glance as the cloaked
pop star accepts her Best New Artist VMA on Sept. 13 in New
Kanye West doesn't let Taylor Swift finish her acceptance speech
for Best Female Video at the Sept. 13 MTV VMAs in New York.
Michael Jackson smiles while announcing his "This Is It"
residency at London's O2 Arena at a Mar. 5 press conference.
The Jackson brothers accompany Michael Jackson's casket at a
public memorial service in the singer's honor July 7 in Los
Janet Jackson, LaToya Jackson and Jackie Jackson comfort their
brother Michael's children -- Paris, Prince Michael II and
Prince Michael I -- at Jackson's memorial service July 7 in Los
Shortly after Michael Jackson's death on June 25, fans in the
Nanjing, Jiangsu province of China gather in the singer's
Just hours before Chris Brown assaulted his then-girlfriend
Rihanna, the two stars looked the part of a happy couple at
Clive Davis Grammy party Feb. 7 in Beverly Hills.
Chris Brown faces the music as he appears in court on June 22 in
Los Angeles. The singer plead guilty to assaulting Rihanna and
was sentenced to community service and probation.
Singer Rihanna steps back into the spotlight in a
fashion-forward tuxedo at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's
Costume Institute Gala May 4 in New York.
Fans raise their hands for Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day at
the band's July 13 tour stop in Chicago.
Bruce Springsteen rocks the football crowd during the Super Bowl
halftime show Feb. 1 in Tampa, Fla.
Britney Spears plays the bad cop at the Mar. 7 stop of her
Circus tour in Miami.
Lil Wayne shows off his extensive body art at the Mar. 29 stop
of his "I Am Music" tour in Universal City, Calif.
A nine-months pregnant M.I.A. strikes a pose with Lil Wayne,
T.I., Jay-Z and Kanye West at the Grammy Awards Feb. 8 in Los
Susan Boyle plays to the crowd during her live "Today" show
performance at Rockefeller Center Nov. 23, the day her
chart-topping debut album "I Dreamed a Dream" was released.
Kris Allen shares in America's collective gasp as Ryan Seacrest
crowns him the winner of "American Idol" over season 8 favorite,
Adam Lambert sparks controversy with his performance of "For
Your Entertainment" at the American Music Awards Nov. 22.
Carrie Underwood turned in a risqué performance of "Cowboy
Cassanova" during the 43rd CMA Awards at Nashville's Sommet
Center on November 11.
Josh "Rev. Run" Simmons and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels celebrate Run
DMC's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Apr. 4 in
Cleveland, Ohio. The pioneering hip-hop group's third member,
Jam Master Jay, died in 2002.
Madonna shows everyone who's boss at a stop on her
record-shattering Sticky & Sweet tour, the top-grossing tour
ever for a solo artist.
The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne surfs the crowd in his "space
ball" at the Troxy Nov. 10 in London.
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor performs at his band's
"Wave Goodbye" farewell tour stop Sept. 2 at the Hollywood
Palladium in California.
Pop star Pink hangs from great heights on the first night of her
Funhouse tour, Feb. 24 in Nice, France.
Taylor Swift and her dazzling guitar take in the energy at the
Madison Square Garden stop of her Fearless tour on Aug. 27.
The spectacle that was U2's 360 tour makes its debut at Camp Nou
June 30 in Barcelona, Spain.
The Edge and Bono bring music to the masses at Giant's Stadium
during the U2 360 tour.
Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal of the freshly reunited No Doubt
perform for nostalgic fans in West Palm Beach, Fla. on June 3.
Miley Cyrus stirs up controversy by pole dancing during her
performance of "Party in the U.S.A." at the Aug. 9 Teen Choice
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin takes a leap of faith during the
band's headlining set at All Points West, Aug. 2 in New Jersey's
Liberty State Park.
The Beastie Boys perform at Bonnaroo June 12 in Manchester,
Tenn. Soon after, the hip-hop trio cancelled plans to tour and
release a new album after Adam "MCA" Yauch was diagnosed with
Kyle Minogue wows the crowd during her first North American
tour, at her Oct. 3 show in Las Vegas, Nev.
Rapper T.I. speaks to reporters Mar. 27 at an Atlanta courthouse
after being sentenced to a 366-day prison term on federal
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss celebrate their four big wins at
the 51st annual Grammy Awards Feb. 8 in Los Angeles.
Taylor Swift scoops up four CMA Awards, including Entertainer of
the Year, Nov. 11 in Nashville.
Jay-Z and Beyonce get close at the MTV Europe Music Awards Nov.
5 in Berlin.
It's a fashion faux pas, but Pink and Shakira take their
matching dresses in stride at the MTV VMAs red carpet Sept. 13
at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
Mariah Carey cuddles with husband Nick Cannon at the AFI FEST's
screening of "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire"
Nov. 1 in Hollywood. Carey plays a social worker in the
Whitney Houston kicks off the beginning of her comeback year by
performing at Clive Davis' Grammy party Feb. 7 in Beverly Hills.
Justin Timberlake takes his surprise Emmy win in Stride,
clutching his award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy
Series for "SNL" in stride at the Sept. 20 ceremony in L.A.
The Jonas Brothers promote their album "Lines, Vines and Trying
Times" at an Oct. 25 press conference in the Dominican Republic.
Kanye West poses with his girlfriend and muse Amber Rose at the
Jeremy Scott fall 2009 show Mar. 7 during Paris Fashion Week.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O lights up the Lollapalooza stage
Aug. 8 at Grant Park in Chicago.
Meow! Miley Cyrus goes for a tougher, sexier look than we're
used to during the filming of "Sex & the City 2" in Manhattan on
Katy Perry performs her breakout single "I Kissed a Girl" at the
2009 Grammys Feb. 8 in Los Angeles.
DJ AM mans the wheels at Dusk nightclub in Atlantic City Aug.
25, his last appearance before being found dead in his New York
apartment three days later.
Gwen Stefani and her son Kingston Rossdale show off their
similarly coiffed hairstyles at her L.A.M.B. fashion
presentation Sept. 10 in New York.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr launch "The Beatles: Rock Band"
at the XBox 360 E3 2009 gaming expo June 1 in Los Angeles.
Beleagured British singer Amy Winehouse arrives in court for the
second day of her assault trial July 24 in London.
Jay-Z shows love for his hometown at his Sept. 11 benefit
concert at New York's Madison Square Garden, just three days
after the rapper released his new album "The Blueprint 3."
Blink-182's Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker and Tom DeLonge perform
at the Aug. 15 stop of their reunion tour in Tinley Park, Ill.
The Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am. and Fergie help Oprah Winfrey
kick off her talk show's new season with an outdoor performance
Sept. 8 in Chicago.
Hard rock veterans Anvil celebrate their DVD/Film of the Year
Award for their documentary "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" at
London's Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards Nov. 2.
Lil Mama crashes Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' party during the Sept.
13 VMAs closing performance of the rapper's soon-to-be No. 1
hit, "Empire State of Mind."
John Mayer only has eyes for his then-girlfriend Jennifer
Aniston at the Vanity Fair Oscar party Feb. 22 in Hollywood,
Eddie Vedder leads Pearl Jam through their headlining spot at at
the Austin City Limits festivals October 4, 2009.
Fans at the 2009 Austin City Limits festival had a muddy good
time. If the only knew how filthy that s**t really was...
Country kings Keith Urban and Brad Paisley perform at the "We're
All for the Hall" benefit concert Oct. 13 in Nashville.
Colombian star Juanes performs for hundreds of thousands of Cubans
at the "Peace Without Borders" in Havana's Revolution Plaza on Sept. 20.
Fergie and Mick Jagger duet at the 25th Anniversary
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert Oct. 30 in New York.
Lil Wayne ends 2009 on a low note, arriving at a New York City
courthouse on Dec. 15 to attend a hearing for weapon charges.
The rapper is expected to begin serving a yearlong prison sentence on Feb. 9.
Lady Gaga speaks out for gay rights at the National Equality March
on Oct. 11 in Washington, D.C.