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Danielle Bradbery performs "The Heart Of Dixie" and "A Little Bit Stronger" in her Grand Ole Opry debut at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville
CMT.com premieres Jason Aldean's video "The Truth"
George Strait and co-producer Tony Brown share Album of the Year, for "Troubadour"; and Single of the Year, for "I Saw God Today"; during the CBS telecast of the 42nd annual Country Music Association Awards at Nashville's Sommet Center
Josh Turner delivers the national anthem at Nashville's LP Field, where the NFL's Baltimore Ravens edge the Tennessee Titans, 27-26
Sugarland performs "Baby Girl" during its Grand Ole Opry debut
George Strait receives the National Medal of Arts from president George W. Bush and the National Endowment for the Arts in a ceremony at the White House. "Austin City Limits" also becomes the first television program to win the honor
Billy Ray Cyrus becomes the first country artist to ship 5 million copies of his debut album, with the latest certification of "Some Gave All"
"Johnny Cash: Christmas On The Road" begins taping in Montreux, Switzerland. The CBS special features Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Jessi Colter and June Carter. Plans for the "Highwayman" album are initiated
Kenny Rogers begins filming an adaptation of "The Gambler" as a TV movie for CBS
Barbara Fairchild is born in Lafe, Arkansas. After making her first record at age 15, her 1972 release "Teddy Bear Song" begins a three-single run of innocent hits