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George Strait sings "You Wreck Me" and Don Henley does "Free Fallin'" to help honor Tom Petty as the MusiCares Person of the Year at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Also aboard are Lucinda Williams, Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen, Stevie Nicks, Jeff Lynne, Elle King and Jackson Browne
Rodney Clawson and Chris Tompkins begin writing "Dirt" at the Big Loud Shirt building in Nashville. The future Florida Georgia Line hit requires three writing sessions before it is completed
"Blown Away" wins Best Country Solo Performance for Carrie Underwood, and Best Country Song for songwriters Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins, during the 55th annual Grammy Awards, aired by CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles
Republic Nashville releases The Eli Young Band's "Crazy Girl" to radio
"Before He Cheats" wins twice in the 50th annual Grammys aired by CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It brings Best Female Country Vocal Performance to Carrie Underwood and Best Country Song to writers Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins
Montgomery Gentry's "Gone" video debuts on CMT
"How Do I Live," written by Diane Warren and performed by Trisha Yearwood in the movie "Con Air," receives an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song
The album "Highwayman" is certified gold for Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson
Singer/songwriter Craig Campbell is born in Metter, Georgia. He nets hits with the 2010 release "Family Man," the 2012 single "Outta My Head" and the 2013 hit "Keep Them Kisses Comin'"
Singer/songwriter/musician Lionel Cartwright is born in Gallipolis, Ohio. His relaxed vocal style leads to four Top 10 singles from 1989-1991, the biggest coming with "Leap Of Faith"