Nirvana’s Nevermind album goes to No. 1 in the US Billboard 200 chart, establishing the widespread popularity of the Grunge movement of the 1990s.
Paul Simon is the first major artist to tour South Africa after the end of the United Nations cultural boycott.
January 16 – Mick Jagger attends the Hollywood première of his new movie, Freejack, at Mann’s Chinese Theatre.
February 5 – New Kids on the Block interrupt their tour to perform on The Arsenio Hall Show in response to rumors that the group lip-synch its concerts.
February 16 – Slavic music is featured at the Oulu Music Festival, with concerts and opera productions in Oulu, Finland, until February 26.
February 18 – Vince Neil leaves Mötley Crüe after 11 years as the band’s lead singer, to spend more time on his career as a racing car driver.
Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain marries Hole’s Courtney Love.
The U.S. Postal Service unveils two potential designs for its proposed Elvis Presley postage stamp for fans to vote on. One design is of a young, 1950s Elvis, and the other is of a much older, 1970s Elvis. The young Elvis wins the vote, and the stamp is issued the following January.
February 25 – Six major record companies reach an agreement to phase out the longbox form of compact disc packaging by April 1993, due to complaints that the packaging is environmentally wasteful.
March 10 – At the 1992 Soul Train Music Awards, Prince wins the “Heritage” award for lifetime achievement.
March 14 – Farm Aid Five takes place in Irving, Texas, USA, hosted by Willie Nelson. Artists performing at the event include John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Paul Simon. Approximately 40,000 people attend the event.
March 16 – Mariah Carey performs at MTV Unplugged, shows critics her 5-octave range, and gets rave reviews.
March 24 – A judge in Chicago, Illinois, USA, approves cash rebates of up to US$3 to anyone proving they bought Milli-Vanilli recordings prior to the beginning of the lip synching scandal on November 27, 1990.
April 1 – Billy Idol, on trial for punching a woman in the face, pleads no contest. Idol is fined and ordered to make public service announcements against alcohol and drug abuse.
April 20 – The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert takes place at Wembley Stadium in London, England. All proceeds go to AIDS research.
April 24 – David Bowie marries fashion model Iman.
April 30 – In Los Angeles, California, USA, Madonna’s bustier is stolen from a display in Frederick’s of Hollywood. A US$1,000 reward is offered for its return.