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"Grease: Live" is broadcast on Fox

Grease: Live is a television special that was originally broadcast by Fox. It was a live, televised remake of the 1978 film Grease, executive produced by Marc Platt, directed by Thomas Kail, and starring Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens and Carlos PenaVega. Critical reception was positive, with particular praise to the overall atmosphere and production style of the presentation.

Final episode of "Galavant" airs

The musical comedy has been cancelled after two seasons. A departure for ABC, the musical period piece was critically acclaimed for the risk-taking creativity and also the impressive talent. However, the ratings were less-than-impressive — so much so that the second season was seen as a lucky surprise when that renewal was announced.

The most influential Hungarian director Miklós Jancsó dies

Hungarian film director Miklos Jancso, director of 5 films nominated for best director prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, died of lung cancer at the age of 92. Jancso was widely credited for instilling a unique quality into Hungarian cinema, such as long, unbroken shots and the intense examination of the relationship of ordinary men and those in power.

Eva Longoria divorces basketball star Tony Parker

Parker filed for divorce from Longoria in Bexar County, Texas, on the grounds of "discord or conflict of personalities", thus establishing a legal battle over where the divorce case would be heard. The divorce was finalized in Texas, the same day Longoria's lawyer filed papers to dismiss her Los Angeles petition.

Avatar becomes the first film to gross over $2 billion worldwide

James Cameron's sci-fi Avatar reached an astounding $2.039 billion global earnings 45 days after release. The film also passed Titanic's $600.8 million in domestic earnings on 2 February 2010, grossing $601.1 million, despite Titanic selling more tickets overall.

Beyoncé sets a Grammy record

Dangerously in Love, B'Day and I Am ... Sasha Fierce have all won Best Contemporary R&B Album, while Lemonade has won Best Urban Contemporary Album. Beyoncé set the record for the most Grammy awards won by a female artist in one night when she won 6 awards, breaking the tie she previously held with Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Alison Krauss, and Amy Winehouse.

"Pocketful Of Sunshine" enters the US chart

In the US, it peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. In Canada, it peaked at number 3 on Canadian Hot 100 and was certified platinum by Music Canada. It, however, did not replicate the success internationally as it charted moderately in several countries.

Brokeback Mountain leads Oscar nominations for best film with 8

Cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain led all contenders when the nominations for the 78th annual Academy Awards were announced. The epic story of two ranch hands who fall in love in the 1960s scored 8 nominations, including nods for Best Picture, Best Director - Ang Lee, Best Actor - Heath Ledger, Best Supporting Actor - Jake Gyllenhaal and Best Adapted Screenplay.

"Family Guy" first airs on Fox

The animated TV series Family Guy premiered to 22 million viewers on Fox after the Super Bowl XXXIII. The pilot episode, "Death Has a Shadow", surprised the public with its controversial adult content. The show went on to receive positive feedback and became the sixth-longest-running scripted primetime TV series in the US with 16 seasons.

Silent Hill is released

Silent Hill is a survival horror video game for the PlayStation published by Konami and developed by Team Silent, a group in Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo. The first installment in the Silent Hill series, the game was released in North America and in Japan and Europe later that year.

SimCity 3000 is released

SimCity 3000 is a city building simulation video game released as and the third major installment in the SimCity series. It was published by Electronic Arts and developed by series creator Maxis. It was released for Microsoft Windows, Macintosh, and, through an arrangement with Loki Games, Linux.

Janet Jackson is at #1 on the US singles chart

Together Again was well received by music critics, who praised the song's structure and Jackson's vocals. The single was a commercial success, topping the US Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, as well as reaching number one on the Dance Club Songs chart. The single was additionally certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Final Fantasy VII is released

Final Fantasy VII was published in Japan by Square. A re-release of the game based on its Western version, titled Final Fantasy VII International was released a year later. This improved International version would kickstart the trend for Square to create an updated version for a Japanese release, based on the enhanced Western versions.

The 44th Golden Globes are held

Paul Hogan won the Best Actor in the Musical or Comedy category for his portrayal of Mick Dundee in Crocodile Dundee. Other award-winning films include Platoon, Crimes of the Heart, Children of a Lesser God and more. The Best Original Song was won by Top Gun for the song Take My Breath Away.

The 38th Golden Globes are held

The 38th Golden Globe Awards were held in the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. With eight nominations total, Robert Redford's Ordinary People received awards in five different categories. Other notable films include The Idolmaker, Raging Bull or Coal Miner's Daughter.

Blondie are top of the US singles chart with "The Tide Is High"

"The Tide Is High" was covered by the American new wave band Blondie in 1980, in a reggae style that included horns and strings. It was released as the lead single from the band's fifth studio album, Autoamerican. It was Blondie's third number one smash on the Billboard Hot 100 and they are fifth in the UK.

The fourth American Music Awards are held

The 4th Annual American Music Awards were hosted by Glen Campbell. Names like Olivia Newton-John, Elton John and Stevie Wonder appeared among the winners, with "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" by Elton John & Kiki Dee winning the Favorite Pop/Rock Single category.

Abba’s "Mamma Mia" is at the top of the UK singles chart

"Mamma Mia" is a song recorded by the Swedish pop group ABBA with the lead vocals shared by Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. It is the opening track on the group's third album, the self-titled ABBA. "Mamma Mia" reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in January 1976, the second of ABBA's 18 consecutive Top 10 singles there.

American Music Awards of 1976

The 3rd American Music Awards were held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in California. The award-winners include Olivia Newton-John, John Denver, Barry White and others. Glen Campbell won the Favorite Pop/Rock Single with his 1975 single Rhinestone Cowboy.

The Jackson Five go to #1 on the US singles chart

"I Want You Back" is a 1969 song by the Jackson 5 which became a number-one hit for the band and the Motown label in early 1970. It went to number one on the Soul singles chart for four weeks and held the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for the week ending in January 1970.

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