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Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr hold an engagement party at Citizen in Nashville. Guests include Luke Bryan and Eric Church
Republic Nashville announces the signing of Cassadee Pope to a recording contract
Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett win Best Original Song, for "The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)," in the Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel
Sugarland posts a message on its website announcing Kristen Hall is leaving the trio to concentrate on songwriting
Garth Brooks is named Artist of the Decade for the '90s during the American Music Awards at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. He also wins trophies for Favorite Male Country Artist and Favorite Country Album, for "Sevens." Shania Twain nets two
Tim McGraw begins a six-week residency at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Just To See You Smile"
Amanda Wilkinson is born in Belleville, Ontario. The Canadian singer joins father Steve and brother Tyler to form The Wilkinsons, who mesh tight harmonies in their sentimental 1998 single "26 Cents"
Eddie Rabbitt's "I Love A Rainy Night" hits #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
Bob Ritchie, better known as rap-rocker Kid Rock, is born in Dearborn, Michigan. He collects a country hit with "All Summer Long" and earns country awards nominations for his duet with Sheryl Crow, "Picture"
Singer/songwriter Steve Earle is born at the Army hospital in Fort Monroe, Virginia. His gritty 1986 album "Guitar Town" subsequently becomes an influential signpost for the alt-country movement