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Carrie Underwood sings the national anthem at the Super Bowl, a 31-17 New Orleans Saints win over the Indianapolis Colts at Miami's Sun Life Stadium. In the crowd: Heidi Newfield, Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffett and Joe Don Rooney
Taylor Swift's "White Horse" video makes its debut on CMT
Toby Keith wades into the audience at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center in Pikeville to confront a concert-goer who threw a beer at the stage. The offender is evicted from the venue
Tim McGraw's "Suspicions" video debuts on CMT
Toby Keith is the celebrity monarch and Sawyer Brown the grand marshal in the Krewe of Orpheus Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. Also appearing: Josh Gracin
Alan Jackson's "Remember When" slips into the #1 position in Billboard
Mercury releases Shania Twain's album "The Woman In Me"
Alan Jackson claims two American Music Awards, including Favorite Country Single for "Chattahoochee." The Dolly Parton-penned "I Will Always Love You" earns two for Whitney Houston. Other winners include Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Alabama and John Michael Montgomery
Patsy Cline has what proves to be the last recording session of her career at Nashville's Columbia Recording Studio, cutting "He Called Me Baby," a future hit for Charlie Rich. Her final song in the studio: "I'll Sail My Ship Alone"
Garth Brooks is born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Following his 1989 debut, he sells more than 100 million albums, winning multiple Entertainer of the Year awards from the CMA and ACM. He enters the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012