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Luke Bryan sings the national anthem before Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, where the New England Patriots down the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28, in overtime. The Zac Brown Band performs "My Old Man" during pre-game events. Kenny Chesney watches the game in a luxury box with Patriots owner Robert Kraft
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert sing "America, The Beautiful" and Kelly Clarkson does the national anthem before the Super Bowl at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots, 21-17
Faith Hill teams up with The Pretenders on Super Bowl Eve for a live "CMT Crossroads" edition from Grand Prairie, Texas. The set list includes "Back On The Chain Gang," "I'll Stand By You," "This Kiss" and "Breathe"
Dierks Bentley appears at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas as the opening act for George Strait. The concert is attended by a former schoolmate, Cassie Black, the beginning of a romance that leads to marriage by year-end
The Dixie Chicks gallop to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "Cowboy Take Me Away"
No lie: Patty Loveless receives a platinum album for "The Trouble With The Truth"
John Michael Montgomery's "I Swear" begins a four-week stay at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
Tyler Farr is born in Garden City, Missouri. The smoky-voiced singer earns successive hits beginning in 2013 with "Redneck Crazy," "Whiskey In My Water" and "A Guy Walks Into A Bar"
"Gee, I hope it ain't twins again": Loretta Lynn has a #1 country single in Billboard with "One's On The Way"
Sara Evans is born in Boonville, Missouri. Following her 1998 hit "No Place That Far," she earns the Academy of Country Music's Top Female Vocalist in 2006 while stringing together hits with "Born To Fly," "Suds In The Bucket," "A Real Fine Place To Start" and "A Little Bit Stronger"
Roy Acuff makes his Grand Ole Opry debut at the Dixie Tabernacle in Nashville. Within days, sacks of mail begin arriving at WSM radio, requesting the boy who sang "Great Speckled Bird" be invited back. Acuff sideman Clell Summey becomes the first to play Dobro on the Opry