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Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini are nominated for Best New Artist in the Grammy Awards. It's the first time in history that two artists being actively marketed to country are finalists for the trophy the same year
Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift receive four nominations apiece, making them the top country finalists in the 56th annual Grammy awards
Sugarland vocalist Jennifer Nettles and her husband, Justin Miller, welcome a son, Magnus Hamilton Miller
A "CMT Giants" installment celebrating Alan Jackson premieres with performances by Dierks Bentley, George Strait, Lee Ann Womack, Miranda Lambert and Brad Paisley
Brad Paisley performs two songs, including his own "Little Moments," at the Palm Springs wedding reception of Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter, who met in the ABC-TV reality show "The Bachelorette"
Travis Tritt and Ray Charles are paired for an hour of music as a new episode of "CMT Crossroads" debuts. The set list includes "Georgia On My Mind," "It's A Great Day To Be Alive" and "I'm Moving On"
Recording begins for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Volume 2" with Johnny Cash, John Denver, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Earl Scruggs, Steve Wariner, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, The Whites, Chris Hillman and others
Cameron Duddy is born in San Ramon, California. After directing videos for Bruno Mars, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez, he earns a country hit as the bass player for the harmony-based trio Midland
Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson record "Highwayman" at Nashville's Moman Studios. Among the musicians on the session is guitarist Marty Stuart
Ronnie Milsap's "Smoky Mountain Rain" rides to #1 on the Billboard country chart