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The ACM Awards Are Sunday

The 56th Annual ACM Awards go down Sunday in Nashville, and it’s shaping up to be quite the evening. This years show will be hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton, and will take place in three iconic Music City venues – the Grand Ole Opry House, the historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Café (as well as some other spots in Nashville) with the whole thing telecast on CBS (8 pm).

Of course, the ACMs will be chock-full of performances, including TV world premieres, exciting collaborations and more.

Miranda Lambert and Ell King are kicking off the show with the world television premiere of “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).” But that’s far from the night’s only performance.

Other collaborations planned for the evening include: Dierks Bentley and The War and Treaty, who’ll perform a cover of U2’s “Pride (In The Name of Love),” Miranda will team with her “Marfa Tapes” partners Jack Ingram and Jon Randall on “In His Arms,” Chris Young and Kane Brown will perform “Famous Friends,” Maren Morris and hubby Ryan Hurd will perform “Chasing After You,” Carly Pearce and Lee Brice will sing “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” Kelsea Ballerini and Kenny Chesney will team up for “half of my home town,” and Carrie Underwood will sing a “My Savior” medley with guest CeCe Winans.

Blake Shelton is also set for a special performance, performing his first hit single “Austin,” in honor of its 20th anniversary, along with his latest track “Minimum Wave.”

  • But that’s not all. The show will also feature performances by: Brothers Osborne (“I’m Not For Everyone”), Kenny Chesney (“Knowing You”), Eric Church (“Bunch Of Nothing”), Luke Combs (“Forever After All”), Dan + Shay (“Glad You Exist”), Mickey Guyton (“Hold On”), Alan Jackson (“You’ll Always Be My Baby” and “Drive (For Daddy Gene),”) Thomas Rhett (“What’s Your Country Song” and “Country Again”), Chris Stapleton (“Maggie’s Song”), and Chris Young and Kane Brown (“Famous Friends”), as well as performances by Keith Urban, Ashley McBryde, Little Big Town, Lady A, and New Artist of the Year winners Gabby Barrett and Jimmie Allen.

One person who’s no longer set to perform is Luke Bryan, who pulled out of the show after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.

  • As for the nominees, Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton lead this year’s pack with six nods a piece, with Miranda Lambert close behind with five, bringing her overall total to 68 lifetime nominations, the most of any female artist in ACM history. In addition, Miranda is up for her 15th Female Artist of the Year nod. (She’s won nine times).
  • As for Entertainer of The Year, this year’s category is all male, with nominees Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton.

 NOMINEES FOR THE 56TH ANNUAL ACM AWARDS

Entertainer of the Year

  • Luke Bryan
  • Eric Church
  • Luke Combs
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton

Female Artist of the Year

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Maren Morris
  • Carly Pearce

Male Artist of the Year

  • Dierks Bentley
  • Luke Combs
  • Eric Church
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton

Duo of the Year

  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae

Group of the Year

  • Lady A
  • Little Big Town
  • Old Dominion
  • The Cadillac Three
  • The Highwomen

New Female Artist of the Year

  • Ingrid Andress
  • Tenille Arts
  • Gabby Barrett
  • Mickey Guyton
  • Caylee Hammack

New Male Artist of the Year

  • Jimmie Allen
  • Travis Denning
  • HARDY
  • Cody Johnson
  • Parker McCollum

Album of the Year

  • Born Here Live Here Die Here – Luke Bryan
  • Mixtape Vol. 1 – Kane Brown
  • Never Will – Ashley McBryde
  • Skeletons – Brothers Osborne
  • Starting Over – Chris Stapleton

Single of the Year

  • “Bluebird” – Miranda Lambert
  • “I Hope” – Gabby Barrett
  • “I Hope You’re Happy Now” – Carly Pearce & Lee Brice
  • “More Hearts Than Mine”– Ingrid Andress
  • “The Bones” – Maren Morris

Song of the Year

  • “Bluebird” – Miranda Lambert
  • “One Night Standards” – Ashley McBryde
  • “Some People Do” – Old Dominion
  • “Starting Over” – Chris Stapleton
  • “The Bones” – Maren Morris

Video of the Year

  • “Better Than We Found It” – Maren Morris
  • “Bluebird”– Miranda Lambert
  • “Gone” – Dierks Bentley
  • “Hallelujah” – Carrie Underwood and John Legend
  • “Worldwide Beautiful” – Kane Brown

Songwriter of the Year

  • Ashley Gorley
  • Michael Hardy
  • Hillary Lindsey
  • Shane McAnally
  • Josh Osborne

Music Event of the Year

  • “Be A Light” – Thomas Rhett featuring Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Keith Urban
  • “Does To Me” – Luke Combs feat. Eric Church
  • “I Hope You’re Happy Now” – Carly Pearce & Lee Brice
  • “Nobody But You” – Blake Shelton ft. Gwen Stefani
  • “One Beer” – HARDY ft. Lauren Alaina & Devin Dawson
  • “One Too Many” – Keith Urban, P!nk

Source: ACM

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1969, Johnny Cash taped “Hello…I’m Johnny Cash,” the first of his ABC-TV weekly shows at the Ryman Auditorium, kicking off with “Folsom Prison Blues.” The show, which featured guests Glen Campbell, Jeannie C. Riley and Joe Tex, becomes the fifth episode aired.
  • Today in 1981, Barbara Mandrell’s “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” arrived in stores.
  • Today in 1982, Alabama’s “Mountain Music” hit #1 on the country charts.
  • Today in 1982, the Oak Ridge Boys’ “Greatest Hits” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1993, the single, “Hard Workin’ Man,” by Brooks & Dunn hit #3 on the charts.
  • Today in 1996, Brooks & Dunn released their fourth album, “Borderline,” and Toby Keith released “Blue Moon.”
  • Today in 1999, Billy Ray Cyrus guest starred on “Love Boat.” He played “Lonesome Larry Larson,” a sad country star, who cheers up when he finds romance.
  • Today in 1999, Tim McGraw’s “A Place In The Sun” album was released.
  • Today in 1999, Shania Twain became the first woman to be honored as Songwriter/Artist of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) during the 32nd annual Songwriter Achievement Awards.
  • Today in 2000, Tracy Lawrence kicked off his 6th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic at the Westin Galleria Ballroom in Houston, Texas. That night, he took the stage and performed for the attendees of the amateur-only event, which benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Gulf Coast Chapter, every year.
  • Today in 2000, Reba McEntire’s concert performances were named the Best Country Concert at the 17th Dutch Country Music Awards Gala. Winners of the DCMA’s were selected by the readers of Country Gazette and the members of the Dutch Country Music Association.
  • Today in 2002, Steve Azar’s album, “Waitin’ On Joe,” was released.
  • Today in 2002, Alan Jackson had more than the recent double platinum certification of his album, “Drive,” to celebrate as it became the first country project to achieve a 10-week run in the Top 10 of the “Billboard 200” chart since June 2000. The achievement unseated Shania Twain’s “Come On Over” album. This distinction made Alan the only male country artist to achieve this milestone with multiple projects.
  • Today in 2002, Tammy Cochran was in Los Angeles to join over 150 Home Depot employees and the folks from KaBOOM! (a national organization dedicated to building playgrounds in neighborhoods that need them most) to volunteer their time for an old fashioned “barn raising” of sorts. The crew was there to build an outdoor playground for the La Santa Cruz Child Care Center in East Los Angeles.
  • Today in 2007, Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” video swiped three trophies at the CMT Music Awards, held at Belmont University’s Curb Events Center in Nashville. Among other victors are Jack Ingram, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Sugarland and Kenny Chesney.
  • Today in 2010, Alan Jackson was honored with a star at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Today in 2013, Jason Aldean, Trace Adkins and Eric Church join hosted Keith Urban and Vince Gill in “We’re All For The Hall,” a benefit at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Also appearing were Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash, Brantley Gilbert and Tim McGraw.
  • Today in 2016, Kane Brown got engaged to Katelyn Jae during a show in Philadelphia.
  • Today in 2016, CBS aired “Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees” – and featured Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini singing “Islands In The Stream,” while Keith Urban covered “To Love Somebody. Little Big Town, Demi Lovato, Pentatonix and John Travolta also turned out.
  • Today in 2015, the two-day ACM Party For A Cause kicked off at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, with Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, Dwight Yoakam and Miranda Lambert, among others. CBS shoots it for a special, “ACM Presents: Superstar Duets!” Elsewhere Trisha Yearwood sang “She’s In Love Love The Boy” with a band that included Garth Brooks and Keith Urban during a benefit for ACM Lifting Lives at the Omni Dallas Hotel. That bill included Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, The Band Perry and Hunter Hayes, who joins Brooks on “The Dance.”
  • Today in 2017, the autobiography “Let Your Love Flow: The Life And Times Of The Bellamy Brothers” was published.
  • Today in 2017, Dierks Bentley’s wife, Cassidy, ran the Boston Marathon in three hours, 26 minutes, with her hubby and their three kids cheering her on. She raised more than $23,000 in the process, including donations from Kix Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Nicole Kidman and Kimberly Williams-Paisley.
  • Today in 2017, Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini covered “Islands In The Stream” and Keith Urban performed “To Love Somebody” as CBS aired “Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees.” Others taking the stage included Little Big Town, Demi Lovato, Pentatonix and John Travolta.
  • Today in 2017, Keith Urban’s “Get Closer” album went platinum.
  • Today in 2019, Kelsea Ballerini performed “Walkaway Joe” with Carrie Underwood as she joined the Grand Ole Opry. Ballerini also offered up a rendition of “Peter Pan” and “Miss Me More.” The evening included a surprise appearance by Keith Urban, singing “Blue Ain’t Your Color.”
  • Today in 2019, Little Big Town and Thomas Rhett guested on the ABC special, “The Disney Family Singalong.” Also performing were Donny Osmond, Julianne Hough, Bobby Bones and Michael Bublé.

MEET THE H & S FEED & COUNTRY STORE PET OF THE WEEK: “KAHLUA”

This week’s H & S Feed & Country Store Pet of the Week is “Kahlua”, a 3 year old Boxer/Terrier mix who gets along well with people and some other dogs, but not at all with cats. She’s a medium sized dog who is vaccinated, affectionate, loves belly rubs, and is looking for her forever home.

If you’d like to set up an appointment to meet Kahlua or any of the pets at Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter, visit https://www.stephenmemorial.org/ and fill out an adoption application.

Check out our visit about Kahlua with Terry Gott from Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter here:

Reba Pushes Tour To 2022

Reba McEntire is the latest artist to push her tour to 2022 due to the pandemic. Her “Reba: Live In Concert” will now kick off January 13th in Evansville, Indiana.

“We’ve waited as long as we possibly could to make a decision, but unfortunately we’re not going to be able to play our 2021 Reba: Live In Concert dates,” she shares. “As much as I wish we could get back out on the road, it’s just not possible yet. However, don’t worry…we are going to reschedule the dates for 2022.”

She adds, “We cannot wait to get back out on the road and bring you our brand new show!” Current ticket holders will be able to hold on to their tickets, with the exception of one show in St. Paul, Minnesota, which has been canceled, and fans will get refunds.

  • But that’s not all. Reba noted, “I’ve got some big news coming later this year that I hope will be worth the wait for all of us! Stay tuned for some exciting announcements on tour, music and more coming soon.”

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1963, five weeks after Patsy Cline was killed in a plane crash, her song “Sweet Dreams (Of You)” was released.
  • Today in 1981, Ronnie Milsap recorded “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It For The World.”
  • Today in 1985, the “Greatest Hits” album by Lee Greenwood was released.
  • Today in 1989, Dolly Parton was a guest host on “Saturday Night Live,” singing “Why’d You Come In Here Lookin’ Like That.”
  • Today in 1992, Reba McEntire’s video, “For My Broken Heart,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1993, Trisha Yearwood’s “Hearts in Armor” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1994, the “Best Of Reba McEntire” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1994, the Statler Brothers got great news on two fronts. Their “Partners In Rhyme” album was certified gold and “The Best Of The Statler Brothers” collection was certified triple platinum.
  • Today in 1996, Alan Jackson released the single, “Home.”
  • Today in 1996, Clay Walker was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and told he would be dead within eight years. He is still alive today.
  • Today in 1997, Sawyer Brown’s album, “Six Days On The Road,” was released.
  • Today in 1997, Aaron Tippin’s “Greatest Hits and Then Some” collection arrived in stores.
  • Today in 1998, in a first for CMT, the network launched Faith Hill’s album “Faith” with a live concert. Others participating on the show included Tim McGraw, Vince Gill and singer/songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman.
  • Today in 1999, Shania Twain’s self-titled debut album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1999, the British music magazine, “Mojo,” compiled a list of the Top 100 Singers of All Time – in every genre of music. While John Lennon topped the list, country legends were well represented, too. Elvis Presley came in at #2, and the list also included Buddy Holly at #41, Emmylou Harris at #43, Johnny Cash at #45, Willie Nelson at #47, Patsy Cline at #55, Charlie Rich at #70 and Hank Williams Sr. at #91.
  • Today in 1999, Vince Gill’s Volvo was rear-ended on West End Avenue in Nashville, causing a three-car collision. While handling the paperwork, the driver who hit Gill’s car gave him a tape, hoping Gill will record one of his songs.
  • Today in 2002, CRIKEY! Steve Irwin and Jamie O’Neal together? Yup…well…sorta. According to Australia’s “Business Review Weekly,” they were among the top-earning entertainers Down Under. With an estimated income of $8.7-million in 2001, “The Crocodile Hunter” was just shy of Jamie’s longtime friend/actor Russell Crowe and legendary rockers AC/DC on the earnings list. Jamie herself came in at #57.
  • Today in 2004, Big & Rich staged a parade in Nashville as they shot the video to “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy).” Also taking part: Gretchen Wilson, Gary Chapman and the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders.
  • Today in 2008, Lady Antebellum’s self-titled debut album arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2013, Kellie Pickler was told she was a “million-dollar dancer” on “Dancing With The Stars.”
  • Today in 2018, Chris Stapleton celebrated his 40th birthday…with the arrival of his twin boys, Macon and Samuel. The world got the news on the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards when host Reba McEntire announced the news live during the show.

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1932, Loretta Lynn was born in Butcher Holly, Kentucky. She was the first woman to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award in 1972 and landed in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988.
  • Today in 1958, Don Gibson’s “Oh Lonesome Me” hit the top spot on the Billboard country chart.
  • Today in 1964, Fiddler Stuart Duncan was born in Quantico, Virginia. He plays on numerous country hits with the Nashville Bluegrass Band and also with Faith Hill (“Breathe”), The Band Perry (“If I Die Young”) and Shania Twain (“Man! I Feel Like A Woman!).
  • Today in 1979, the “Classics” album by Kenny Rogers & Dottie West was released.
  • Today in 1979, Barbara Mandrell’s remake of the R&B hit, “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right” tops the Billboard country chart.
  • Today in 1981, Hank Williams Jr. recorded “A Country Boy Can Survive.”
  • Today in 1983, Kenny Rogers’ album, “We’ve Got Tonight,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1986, “Alabama’s Greatest Video Hits” video by Alabama was certified gold. As a bonus, Alabama won Entertainer of the Year for a record fifth straight time at the 21st annual Academy of Country Music awards, aired by NBC from Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. The band also collected its sixth straight Top Vocal Group trophy.
  • Today in 1992, the single, “Achy Breaky Heart,” by Billy Ray Cyrus was released.
  • Today in 1997, the website, country.com, now known as CMT.com, was officially launched.
  • Today in 1997, Pam Tillis released her single “All the Good Ones Are Gone.”
  • Today in 1998, Shania Twain joined Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Gloria Estefan and Carole King at New York’s Beacon Theatre for a taping of “VH1 Divas Live,” with all six singers combining talents on “Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like).”
  • Today in 1999, the body of Tammy Wynette was exhumed and an autopsy performed in Nashville at the request of her husband, George Richey.
  • Today in 2000, Brad Paisley was named International Rising Star at the HMV British Country Music Awards. Other prizes went to Reba McEntire was dubbed the International Female Vocalist (for the second consecutive year) and the Dixie Chicks scored two trophies in the International Group/Duo and International Album categories. George Jones snagged an award for International Male Vocalist while Dolly Parton won for International Independent Artist. Alison Krauss & Union Station didn’t do too badly either, they garnered their 7th consecutive win as International Bluegrass Group.
  • Today in 2002, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett and Dave Matthews were among the artists saluting Willie Nelson at a special concert at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
  • Today in 2004, Dolly Parton was honored as a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
  • Today in 2008, Taylor Swift, Kellie Pickler, and Trace Adkins were the big winners at the CMT Music Awards. Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, and Brad Paisley also took awards, along with country-rock duets by Bon Jovi and LeAnn Rimes and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.
  • Today in 2008, the CMT talent competition “Can You Duet” debuted. Amongst the panelists were Naomi Judd and “Amazed” songwriter Aimee Mayo.
  • Today in 2008, Kelly Pickler won three trophies during the CMT Music Awards at Belmont University’s Curb Events Center in Nashville.
  • Today in 2008, Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery and his wife, Tracy, were honored for their charitable efforts on behalf of the Danville, Kentucky fire department’s Christmas Toy Drive. Danville is the singer’s hometown.
  • Today in 2009, LeAnn Rimes’ book “What I Cannot Change” arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2010, Kenny Chesney attended a special advanced screening of his concert film “Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D” in his hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • Today in 2010, Garth Brooks was in Washington, DC for Grammys on the Hill, a music advocacy and awards event.
  • Today in 2010, Lyric Street Records announced that the label was closing. Rascal Flatts was among the acts with the company.
  • Today in 2011, Jason Aldean joined Kelly Clarkson to perform their chart-topping collaboration “Don’t You Wanna Stay” on “American Idol.”
  • Today in 2012, Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood married Kelli Cashiola at Front Porch Farms in Ashland City, Tennessee. Lady A bandmates Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott attended. Singer/songwriter Dave Barnes performed.
  • Today in 2012, Trisha Yearwood launched her cooking show, “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen,” on the Food Network.

ACM Awards Announce Planned Collaborations & More

The 56th Annual ACM Awards are just days away, and it sure sounds like fans can expect to see a whole host of great performances on the show, including exciting collaborations and world premieres.

ACM announced Miranda Lambert and Ell King will open the show with the world television premiere of “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).” But that’s far from the night’s only collaboration.

Other pairings include Dierks Bentley and The War and Treaty, who’ll perform a cover of U2’s “Pride (In The Name of Love),” Miranda will team with her “Marfa Tapes” partners Jack Ingram and Jon Randall on “In His Arms,” Chris Young and Kane Brown will perform “Famous Friends,” Maren Morris and hubby Ryan Hurd will perform “Chasing After You,” Carly Pearce and Lee Brice will sing “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” Kelsea Ballerini and Kenny Chesney will perform “half of my home town,” and Carrie Underwood will sing a “My Savior” medley with guest CeCe Winans.

Blake Shelton is also set for a special performance, performing his first hit single “Austin,” in honor of its 20th anniversary, along with his latest track “Minimum Wave.”

And that’s just a few of the performances fans can expect. Others include Brothers Osborne (“I’m Not For Everyone”), Kenny Chesney (“Knowing You”), Eric Church (“Bunch Of Nothing”), Luke Combs (“Forever After All”), Dan + Shay (“Glad You Exist”), Mickey Guyton (“Hold On”), Alan Jackson (“You’ll Always Be My Baby” and “Drive (For Daddy Gene),”) Thomas Rhett (“What’s Your Country Song” and “Country Again”), Chris Stapleton (“Maggie’s Song”), and Chris Young and Kane Brown (“Famous Friends”). Also performing on the show are host Keith Urban, Ashley McBryde, Little Big Town, the newly added Lady A, and New Artist of the Year winners Gabby Barrett and Jimmie Allen.

One person who’s no longer set to perform is Luke Bryan, who was pulled out of the show after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.

The 56th Annual ACM Awards, hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton, airs live from Nashville Sunday on CBS (8 pm). The performances will take place in three iconic Music City venues – the Grand Ole Opry House, the historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Café.

Source: ACM

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1932, Loretta Lynn was born in Butcher Holly, Kentucky. She was the first woman to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award in 1972 and landed in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988.
  • Today in 1958, Don Gibson’s “Oh Lonesome Me” hit the top spot on the Billboard country chart.
  • Today in 1964, Fiddler Stuart Duncan was born in Quantico, Virginia. He plays on numerous country hits with the Nashville Bluegrass Band and also with Faith Hill (“Breathe”), The Band Perry (“If I Die Young”) and Shania Twain (“Man! I Feel Like A Woman!).
  • Today in 1979, the “Classics” album by Kenny Rogers & Dottie West was released.
  • Today in 1979, Barbara Mandrell’s remake of the R&B hit, “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right” tops the Billboard country chart.
  • Today in 1981, Hank Williams Jr. recorded “A Country Boy Can Survive.”
  • Today in 1983, Kenny Rogers’ album, “We’ve Got Tonight,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1986, “Alabama’s Greatest Video Hits” video by Alabama was certified gold. As a bonus, Alabama won Entertainer of the Year for a record fifth straight time at the 21st annual Academy of Country Music awards, aired by NBC from Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. The band also collected its sixth straight Top Vocal Group trophy.
  • Today in 1992, the single, “Achy Breaky Heart,” by Billy Ray Cyrus was released.
  • Today in 1997, the website, country.com, now known as CMT.com, was officially launched.
  • Today in 1997, Pam Tillis released her single “All the Good Ones Are Gone.”
  • Today in 1998, Shania Twain joined Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Gloria Estefan and Carole King at New York’s Beacon Theatre for a taping of “VH1 Divas Live,” with all six singers combining talents on “Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like).”
  • Today in 1999, the body of Tammy Wynette was exhumed and an autopsy performed in Nashville at the request of her husband, George Richey.
  • Today in 2000, Brad Paisley was named International Rising Star at the HMV British Country Music Awards. Other prizes went to Reba McEntire was dubbed the International Female Vocalist (for the second consecutive year) and the Dixie Chicks scored two trophies in the International Group/Duo and International Album categories. George Jones snagged an award for International Male Vocalist while Dolly Parton won for International Independent Artist. Alison Krauss & Union Station didn’t do too badly either, they garnered their 7th consecutive win as International Bluegrass Group.
  • Today in 2002, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett and Dave Matthews were among the artists saluting Willie Nelson at a special concert at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
  • Today in 2004, Dolly Parton was honored as a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
  • Today in 2008, Taylor Swift, Kellie Pickler, and Trace Adkins were the big winners at the CMT Music Awards. Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, and Brad Paisley also took awards, along with country-rock duets by Bon Jovi and LeAnn Rimes and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.
  • Today in 2008, the CMT talent competition “Can You Duet” debuted. Amongst the panelists were Naomi Judd and “Amazed” songwriter Aimee Mayo.
  • Today in 2008, Kelly Pickler won three trophies during the CMT Music Awards at Belmont University’s Curb Events Center in Nashville.
  • Today in 2008, Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery and his wife, Tracy, were honored for their charitable efforts on behalf of the Danville, Kentucky fire department’s Christmas Toy Drive. Danville is the singer’s hometown.
  • Today in 2009, LeAnn Rimes’ book “What I Cannot Change” arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2010, Kenny Chesney attended a special advanced screening of his concert film “Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D” in his hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • Today in 2010, Garth Brooks was in Washington, DC for Grammys on the Hill, a music advocacy and awards event.
  • Today in 2010, Lyric Street Records announced that the label was closing. Rascal Flatts was among the acts with the company.
  • Today in 2011, Jason Aldean joined Kelly Clarkson to perform their chart-topping collaboration “Don’t You Wanna Stay” on “American Idol.”
  • Today in 2012, Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood married Kelli Cashiola at Front Porch Farms in Ashland City, Tennessee. Lady A bandmates Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott attended. Singer/songwriter Dave Barnes performed.
  • Today in 2012, Trisha Yearwood launched her cooking show, “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen,” on the Food Network.

Luke Bryan Misses Live ‘American Idol’ After Testing Positive For COVID

“American Idol” kicked off their live shows last night, but it was without Luke Bryan, who was sidelined after testing positive for COVID-19.

“I’m sad to say I won’t be a part of tonight’s first live @AmericanIdol show,” he shared. “I tested positive for COVID but I’m doing well and look forward to being back at it soon.” “Idol’s” Instagram page added that Luke is “resting now in quarantine at home.”

Meanwhile, “Idol” producers found a familiar face to replace him last night – original “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul, who was a judge from the Fox show’s 2002 launch, leaving theshow after its eighth season.

“We’ll miss you tonight @LukeBryanOnline,” Paul tweeted. “Thank you for trusting me with your judge’s seat!”

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1959, George Jones’ “White Lightning” picked up his first #1 country single in Billboard magazine as a recording artist.
  • Today in 1963, Bill Anderson’s “Still” reached #1 on Billboard’s country chart.
  • Today in 1965, Roger Miller set a record by winning five GRAMMYS in one night. No other country star has ever won that many at one time.
  • Today in 1970, Bettie Azevedez picked up five trophies on behalf of Merle Haggard in the Academy Of Country & Western Music awards at the Hollywood Palladium.
  • Today in 1996, Lonestar’s “No News” topped Billboard for the first time.
  • Today in 2002, Faith Hill was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. She wasn’t there, though, and only about 70 people attended the induction ceremony at the University of Southern Mississippi. Other new inductees include jazz diva Cassandra Wilson; former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley; Walter Turnbull, the founder and conductor of the Boys Choir of Harlem; blues great Howlin’ Wolf; pop musician Van Dyke Parks; and former member of the Temptations David Ruffin.
  • Today in 2003, Andy Griggs, Kris Kristofferson, Jeffrey Steele and others teamed up to play in a Waylon Jennings tribute concert in Scottsdale, Arizona. The event was one of three shows with the theme “Crossing the Bound’ries,” an acoustic evening of Waylon music and anecdotes that also raised funds for the Make-A-Wish foundation. Also participating were Waylon’s widow, Jessi Coulter, and son Shooter Jennings.
  • Today in 2005, Willie Nelson’s attorney sent a Texas Senator a letter declining to have a toll road named for the singer. Nelson told the Austin American-Statesman, “I’d put my name on an electric chair, too, but I don’t think that’d be too great a thing.”
  • Today in 2009, Big Machine released Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” to radio.
  • Today in 2012, Jana Kramer performed “Why Ya Wanna” as she made her Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • Today in 2013, Jason Aldean performed the first of a handful of stadium dates on his 2013 itinerary, at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia, with Luke Bryan, Jake Owens and Thomas Rhett. Ludacris made a surprise appearance.
  • Today in 2014, Taylor Swift made a surprise cameo appearance during Seth Rogen’s show-opening monologue on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” “You’re getting really upset,” she exclaimed. “And whenever a man shows emotion, I appear!”
  • Today in 2014, the late Johnny Cash was atop the “Billboard” country albums chart with “Out Among The Stars.”
  • Today in 2015, Trace Adkins embarked on a USO tour that took him to Kuwait, Afghanistan and Germany.

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