Thursday, June 8, 2017

Today in Country Music History...June 8, 2017

Carrie Underwood is the only double winner during the CMT Music Awards as different versions of "Smoke Break" are honored with Female Video of the Year and CMT Performance of the Year at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville

Blake Shelton is the only double winner in the CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville

From the odd pairings department: Taylor Swift and rapper T-Pain record "Thug Story." The track uses her song "Love Story" for a satirical show opener at the following week's CMT Music Awards

Keith Urban joins Brooks & Dunn for "Believe" at the first nightly concert of the CMA Music Festival at Nashville's LP Field. Also performing: Dierks Bentley, Hank Williams Jr., Sara Evans, Pat Green, Little Big Town, Blake Shelton and Gary Allan

Kenny Rogers, Trace Adkins and Montgomery Gentry tape a concert for "CMT 100 Greatest Duets." Also featured: Lee Ann Womack, Clint Black, Lisa Hartman Black, Raul Malo, Marty Stuart, Travis Tritt, Joe Nichols, Blake Shelton and Crystal Gayle

Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man" is ranked #1 when CMT debuts its "100 Greatest Songs Of Country Music." Ex-husband George Jones chimes in at #2, with "He Stopped Loving Her Today." Wynette also lands at #35, with "D-I-V-O-R-C-E"

George Strait's "Blue Clear Sky" takes over the #1 position on the Billboard chart

Fiddler Sara Watkins is born in Vista, California. She joins Nickel Creek, an accomplished bluegrass act that gains two Grammy nominations before she turns 20. She becomes a solo artist in 2007

Singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson is born in Jackson, Kentucky. Compared favorably to Waylon Jennings, he gains a Top 10 country album in 2014 with "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music" and a #1 album in 2016 with "A Sailor's Guide To Earth"

Dolly Parton's original version of "I Will Always Love You" presides at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

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