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The Oak Ridge Boys, The Browns and guitarist Grady Martin are inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville
Big Machine releases Taylor Swift's album "Speak Now"
Craig Morgan joins the Grand Ole Opry, performing "Rose Colored Glasses" and "International Harvester." Kristy Lee Cook makes her Opry debut the same night
Hank Williams Jr. is honored in a "CMT Giants" concert shot at Los Angeles' Gibson Amphitheatre. Guests include Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Toby Keith, Steven Tyler, Gretchen Wilson, Buddy Guy and Terry Bradshaw
CMT premieres Clint Black's "Spend My Time" video and Brooks & Dunn's "You Can't Take The Honky Tonk Out Of The Girl"
Tim McGraw's single "Everywhere" travels to #1 on the Billboard country chart
Alabama becomes the first country group to go triple-platinum, with the albums "Feels So Right" and "Mountain Music" each certified for shipment of three million copies. The albums "Roll On" and "The Closer You Get" also go double-platinum
Chely Wright is born in Kansas City, Missouri. She wins the Academy of Country Music's Top New Female award in 1995 and earns a #1 hit in 1999 with "Single White Female." In 2010, she becomes the genre's first openly gay artist
Mark Miller, of Sawyer Brown, is born in Dayton, Ohio. He becomes the lead singer for the group, which begins earning hits after winning "Star Search" in 1984. The band claims the Country Music Association's Vocal Group of the Year award in 1997
"Howdeee! I'm just so proud to be here!" Sarah Colley is born in Centerville, Tennessee. Performinig as Minnie Pearl, she spends 50 years on the Grand Ole Opry and becomes a regular on "Hee Haw," joining the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1975