Saturday, December 2, 2017

Today in Country Music History...December 2, 2017

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Taylor Swift picks up eight nominations in the 52nd annual Grammy Awards. Her haul includes Record and Song of the Year, for "You Belong With Me"; and Album of the Year, for "Fearless"

A "CMT Crossroads" edition pairing Little Big Town with Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham airs for the first time. Included in the set list: "Boondocks," "Bring It On Home" and "Go Your Own Way"

Robert Earl Keen's "Merry Christmas From The Family" ranks at #1 in the holiday special "CMT 20 Merriest Christmas Videos"

Connie Smith sings "Silver Bells" and Marty Stuart weaves "Jingle Bells" into a mandolin medley for the lighting of the national Christmas tree at the White House in Washington, D.C. Willard Scott serves as Santa Claus for the event, attended by president George W. Bush

Kenny Chesney's album "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" goes double-platinum

Garth Brooks helps first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton light the Christmas tree at New York's Rockefeller Center. Along with Jewel, Babyface and Cyndi Lauper, he does the honors on NBC-TV's "Christmas In Rockefeller Center"

Randy Travis goes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with his remake of "It's Just A Matter Of Time"

Jana Kramer is born in Detroit, Michigan. Following an acting career that lands her in the cast of several TV shows, she nabs her first country hit in 2012 with "Why Ya Wanna" and is named the Academy of Country Music's Top New Female in 2013


Songwriter Casey Beathard is born in Torrance, California. He authors such hits as Kenny Chesney's "Don't Blink," Darius Rucker's "Come Back Song," Eric Church's "Homeboy" and George Strait's "The Breath You Take"

"Jailhouse Rock" gives Elvis Presley a #1 country single in Billboard magazine

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