British pop superstar Elton John has wed his partner of 21 years, David Furnish, after England legalized same-sex marriage early this year. The high-profile event was attended by dozens of celebrities and friends.
The Herbert von Karajan Music Prize was presented to the orchestra at a concert gala in Baden-Baden on December 12. The cash award is earmarked for educating and promoting young talent.
In Italy the public have been entertained by a pop singing nun who was discovered on a national talent show. Within days of her first appearance on The Voice of Italy, Sister Cristina Scuccia's performance had been viewed on Youtube by millions worldwide. She went on to win the show and she's now released her first album. Dany Mitzman went to meet her at the convent where she lives in Milan.
The Beatsteaks have had a very good year. In August the Berlin punk band's new album reached number one on the German charts. In November and December they performed their "Creep-Magnet" tour in front of sold-out crowds. We met the wild five at a home gig in the German capital.
Live recordings of the world's music stars performing in Germany's palaces, churches, concert halls and theaters.