The first… a bunch of musical firsts.

…singer to refuse a Grammy: Sinéad O’Connor won Best Alternative Album prize in 1990 for I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got. She declined the award to protest the Grammys’ “extreme commercialism.” …foreign-language #1 pop song: “Sukiyaki,” by Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto. It went to the top of the Billboard charts in 1963. …double […]