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Miranda Lambert receives nominations in seven categories to lead the list of finalists for the 50th annual Academy of Country Music awards
Blake Shelton nabs a platinum album for "Red River Blue"
Dierks Bentley begins several days of recording at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, North Carolina. The sessions are livestreamed with no sound online. The dates yield his hit "Am I The Only One"
CMT premieres Keith Urban's "You'll Think Of Me" video
Faith Hill performs the national anthem before Super Bowl XXXIV at Atlanta's Georgia Dome. The St. Louis Rams beat the Tennessee Titans, 23-16
The Judds sing "Love Can Build A Bridge" during a "Rockin' Country" halftime show at the Super Bowl that features Clint Black, Travis Tritt and Tanya Tucker. The Dallas Cowboys beat the Buffalo Bills, 30-13, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta
Randy Travis records four songs at Nineteenth Avenue Sound in Nashville in his first session for Warner Bros. Among them is "Prairie Rose," destined for the soundtrack to "Rustler's Rhapsody," and "On The Other Hand"
Kenny Rogers takes four American Music Awards, including Favorite Country Single, for "Coward Of The County"; and Country Album, for "The Gambler." Other winners include: Barbara Mandrell, The Statler Brothers and The Eagles
Grammy voters shower Kris Kristofferson with five nominations as a songwriter for three songs: "Help Me Make It Through The Night," "Me And Bobby McGee" and "For The Good Times." Four artists are also nominated for recordings of his tunes
Tammy Cochran is born in Austinburg, Ohio. The traditionally minded singer collects a Top 10 hit in 2001 with "Angels In Waiting," a ballad written about two brothers who died from cystic fibrosis