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Carrie Underwood is a double-winner during the American Music Awards, aired by ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. She earns Favorite Country Female and Favorite Country Album, for "Storyteller"
Miranda Lambert makes a surprise appearance during Ashley Monroe's concert at City Winery in Nashville, joining her on "The Blade"
Ty Herndon comes out in People magazine, becoming the first male country hitmaker to publicly announce he's gay
The Zac Brown Band's "Goodbye In Her Eyes" video premieres on CMT.com
Martina McBride and Train are teamed as a new edition of "CMT Crossroads" debuts. The set list includes "Wrong Baby Wrong," "Drops Of Jupiter" and "A Broken Wing"
"The Blind Side," featuring Tim McGraw and Sandra Bullock, debuts in movie theaters. McGraw's "Southern Voice" runs over the closing credits for the film, which also includes the music of Uncle Kracker and Les Paul & Mary Ford
Josh Turner is born in Hannah, South Carolina. On the heels of 2003's "Long Black Train," he builds a line of tradition-minded, deep-voiced hits, including "Firecracker," "Would You Go With Me," "Time Is Love" and "Why Don't We Just Dance"
Dierks Bentley is born in Phoenix, Arizona. Debuting in 2003, his career folds in traditional country, bluegrass and alt-rock sounds, leading to Grand Ole Opry membership and the Country Music Association's Horizon Award
At the top of this list stands a big, big man: "Big Bad John" takes Jimmy Dean to #1 on the Billboard country chart
Songwriter Roger Murrah is born in Athens, Alabama. His credits include Alabama's "I'm In A Hurry (And Don't Know Why)," The Oak Ridge Boys' "It Takes A Little Rain (To Make Love Grow)" and Alan Jackson's "Don't Rock The Jukebox"