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Nissan introduces a new commercial for its Sentra model, audibly supported by Willie Nelson singing "The Party's Over"
Miranda Lambert wins four times during the 48th annual Country Music Association awards, aired by ABC from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. She nabs Female Vocalist of the Year; Album, for "Platinum"; Single, for "Automatic"; and Musical Event, for the Keith Urban duet "We Were Us"
Reba McEntire and Ronnie Milsap are among the first six inductees in Nashville's Music City Walk of Fame. Also added: Roy Orbison, songwriters Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, The Fisk Jubilee Singers and conductor Kenneth Schermerhorn
Alan Jackson and the late Johnny Cash collect three trophies apiece in the 37th annual Country Music Association awards at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House on CBS. Jackson earns Entertainer of the Year; Male Vocalist; and Vocal Event, for "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere"
American Recordings releases Johnny Cash's "American IV: The Man Comes Around." It's the last album of new material issued during the singer's life
Lucinda Williams and Elvis Costello perform together in New York for the first installment of "CMT Crossroads," designed to mix country and non-country acts. Williams wrote Mary Chapin Carpenter's "Passionate Kisses"
RCA releases Alabama's "Christmas In Dixie"
Gram Parsons is born in Winter Haven, Florida. As a member of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, and as a solo artist, he becomes an important figure in the development of country-rock. He tours and records with protege Emmylou Harris
Leonard Slye is born in Cincinnati, Ohio. As Roy Rogers, he becomes a silver-screen cowboy, joining the Country Music Hall of Fame as a solo star and as a member of The Sons Of The Pioneers