Saturday, December 16, 2017

Today in Country Music History...December 16, 2017

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Craig Wayne Boyd wins NBC's "The Voice," earning $100,000 and a Dot recording deal. He also performs "Keep Your Hands To Yourself" with three female contestants who've been eliminated and "Sweet Home Alabama" with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Boyd is a member of Blake Shelton's team

Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley marries Brittney Marie Cole in Nashville

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood deliver the first two of nine concerts at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, joined by unannounced guest Steve Wariner. The shows raise $3.5 million for flood relief

Lady Antebellum earns a platinum single for "Need You Now"

Rascal Flatts' "My Wish" tops the Billboard country chart

Josh Gracin's "Nothin' To Lose" video debuts on CMT

Keith Urban's "You're My Better Half" video makes its TV debut on CMT

Brad Paisley is asked to join the Grand Ole Opry by Little Jimmy Dickens and Jeannie Seely, dressed as Santa Claus and the Mrs., and Bill Anderson. Paisley cries in response to the invitation. He also performs "We Danced" and "He Didn't Have To Be"

Tim McGraw takes command of the #1 spot on the Billboard country singles chart with "My Next Thirty Years"

A "train bound for nowhere" reaches #1 as Kenny Rogers tops the Billboard country chart with "The Gambler"

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