This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1976, Waylon Jennings scored six nominations and Willie Nelson picked up five as the Country Music Association announces the finalists for its annual awards in Nashville.
  • Today in 1979, Kenny Rogers received a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Today in 1992, Suzy Bogguss’ “Aces” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1992, John Michael Montgomery’s first single, “Life’s A Dance,” was released.
  • Today in 1993, Vince Gill’s “Let There Be Peace On Earth” album and Martina McBride’s album, “The Way That I Am,” were released.
  • Today in 1998, Shania Twain won awards in six of the eight categories for which she was nominated in the Canadian Country Music Awards.
  • Today in 1999, Martina McBride’s “Emotion” album was released.
  • Today in 2001, Cyndi Thomson’s debut single, “What I Really Meant To Say,” topped the “Radio & Records” country chart. The following day, it hit #1 on the “Billboard” country singles chart as well.
  • Today in 2004, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson and Martina McBride each received double nominations for the American Music Awards.
  • Today in 2005, Renee Zellweger filed for an annulment of her marriage to Kenny Chesney in Los Angeles, barely four months after the couple exchanged vows.
  • Today in 2010, the two-disc Jamey Johnson album, “The Guitar Song,” was released.
  • Today in 2014, Luke Bryan became the first country artist to headline at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, joined on the bill by Lee Brice and Cole Swindell.


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