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Eric Church receives nominations in six categories to lead all finalists in the 48th annual Academy of Country Music awards. "Chief" is up for Album of the Year, while "Springsteen" is in the running for Single and Song
Mel Tillis receives a National Medal of Arts from president Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, D.C.
Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" wins five honors during the 53rd annual Grammy Awards at Los Angeles' Staples Center: Record and Song of the Year, Best Country Duo or Group, Best Country Song and Best Country Album
Carrie Underwood collects gold awards for her singles "Wasted" and "So Small"
"Live Like You Were Dying" wins twice during the 47th annual Grammy Awards at Los Angeles' Staples Center. Authors Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman earn Best Country Song, and Tim McGraw claims Best Male Country Vocal Performance
Waylon Jennings dies at his home in Arizona, following a lengthy battle with diabetes. Branded a musical outlaw for his renegade spirit, his raw-edged style brought him into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001, just three months before his passing
Rosanne Cash earns a #1 single in Billboard with a remake of the Johnny Cash song "Tennessee Flat Top Box"
Bass player Jeremy Plato is born in Oklahoma City. As a member of Cross Canadian Ragweed, he contributes to a quartet of Top 10 country albums from 2004-2009
Sammi Smith goes to #1 in Billboard with the Kris Kristofferson-penned "Help Me Make It Through The Night"
Guitarist Jim McReynolds is born in Coeburn, Virginia. With his brother, he forms Jim & Jesse, a bluegrass duo that begins recording in 1951, joining the Grand Ole Opry in 1964. They gain a Congressional Medal of the Arts in the 1990s