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Some of the Biggest Entertainment Moments in Staples Center History

In addition to being the home of the Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Sparks since 1999, the Staples Center has also been a busy concert and venue, bringing in internationally known acts to fill the 20,000-capacity venue.

On December 25, however, the Staples Center will no longer host events as the Downtown Los Angeles Arena will be renamed the Crypto.com Arena that day.

The change comes as a result of a 20-year deal between Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange AEG, the owner and operator of the region.

So in memory of the venue’s former identity, here are some of the top entertainment moments in the Staples Center’s more than 20-year history.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

October 17, 1999

The Boss set the tone for Staples Center when he became the first artist to take the stage at the newly opened downtown venue in 1999. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band sold out not only the opening night but also three other nights at the venue.

First Latin Grammy Awards

13 September 2000

Luis Miguel, Santana and Mana were the big winners that night, winning three prizes each. But the night was also a huge win for Variety, as it marked the first Latin Grammy Awards. The Night was broadcast on CBS, making it the first primarily Spanish-language prime time program to be performed on an English-language American TV network.

elton john and eminem couple

February 21, 2001

Duets are nothing new, but the duet at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards was significant. Elton John previously called out Eminem for his homophobic lyrics. But the two connected and shocked many people when it was announced that they would be performing Eminem’s “Stan” during the live broadcast. It turned out to be an iconic performance, which ended with a standing ovation and a hug by the two actors.

free stones

February 6, 2003

Tickets for the Rolling Stones can get pretty expensive, but in 2003 fans only got to see the legendary band for free for one night, and it was for a good reason. The band joined hands with the Natural Resources Defense Council for a free show to raise awareness for global warming. Tickets were given by raffle and former President Bill Clinton opened the show, but not with his sax. Instead he was there to introduce the band to a crowd of 18,000 lucky ticket winners.

Prince and Beyoncé

IFEB. 8, 2004

Beyoncé won a few awards at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center. But it was her opening medley with Prince that stole the show. Both stars performed “Purple Rain,” “Baby I’m a Star,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and Queen Bey’s “Crazy in Love.”

U2 Pack Staples

April 6, 2005

The Irish band performed in April and November and packed the Staples Center as part of their Vertigo Tour. But the most packed night was on April 6, when 20,382 fans enjoyed songs from the band’s 2004 album “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb”. According to venue statistics on the Staples Center website, the venue had the largest concert attendance that night.

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Streisand rake in the money

November 20, 2006

Barbra Streisand had a good year in 2006 as she closed the North American leg of her tour at Staples on November 20, she also set the record for highest-grossing concert tour, grossing over $5.4 million. Of.


January 25-26, 2008

When California was ravaged by wildfires in 2007, country star Garth Brooks didn’t hesitate to jump on the saddle and help out. They announced several benefit shows at the venue and in less than an hour they sold 85,000 tickets for five different concerts performed over two days. He did two shows on January 25, and then on January 26 he played night shows at 1, 5 and 9, making him the first artist to pull off a tripleheader in a major field.

king of pop monuments

7 July 2009

Two weeks after Michael Jackson’s sudden death, his family, friends and fans packed Staples for a public memorial service. The memorial was filled with stars like Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey and Brooke Shields, who shared their memories as they stood in front of her gold-plated, flower-wrapped coffin. One of the most emotional moments came when his 11-year-old daughter, Paris Jackson, gave a tearful speech.

Stones 50. become

May 3 and 20, 2013

The Rolling Stones celebrated their 50th anniversary on May 3 with the 50 and Counting tour and the sold-out Staples Center. The anniversary set was filled with over 20 hits and other stars appeared. Keith Urban joined the band “Respectable” and Gwen Stefani came out for “Wild Horse”.

home of the mind

June 20, 2015

Indeed, the forum is currently home to the Mexican rocker as the band takes up residence there for the next year. But before it moved to Inglewood, on June 20, 2015, Mana held the record for most performances by a band at the Staples Center with 13 shows.

big announcement

August 19, 2015

Maybe it was the lyrics to her song “Piece by Piece”, which is about her husband, that made Kelly Clarkson so emotional that she stopped singing and did something that someone off stage at Staples Center did. Didn’t either. The first “American Idol” winner suddenly stopped singing and announced that she was “totally pregnant” with her second child. This announcement made headlines all over the world.

Compton at home

August 6, 2017

Kendrick Lamar had a great year in 2017. The Compton native headlined Coachella in April, while her fourth record, “Demon,” debuted at #1 on the album chart. On August 6 they performed the first of three shows at the Staples Center that were part of their first field tour. He was the biggest rapper in hip-hop at the time and knew this was his moment as he thanked fans for helping him grow from club shows to the field.

bts mania

September 5-6 and 8-9 2018

K-pop sensation BTS sold out four nights at the Staples Center to mark the start of the “Love Yourself” world tour. Dozens of diehard fans camped outside the Staples Center for several days before the show, trying to get close seats.

Nipsey Monument

11 April 2019

Thousands of fans received free tickets and came to pay tribute to rapper and community activist Nipsey Hussle at the Staples Center in Celebration of Her Life. Eleven days earlier he was shot and killed outside a clothing store in South Los Angeles. With his family on stage were other rappers including Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar and singer Stevie Wonder.

music returns

30 July 2021

Like other locations, the Staples Center was closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic. Live music eventually returned to the Staples Center with a sold-out performance by Tijuana of Mexico-born Grupo Firme on July 30. It was the first band to play at the Staples Center in 531 days, and the Ranchera group took the stage for the first time in a series of seven sold out shows. The show set the record for most concerts in a year at Staples by a Latin act.

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