This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1982, Kenny Rogers won three trophies in pop and country at the American Music Awards. Willie Nelson, Barbara Mandrell, Anne Murray, and The Oak Ridge Boys also won country awards.
  • Today in 1988, Randy Travis won four awards at the American Music Awards.
  • Today in 1989, the Judds’ “Heartland” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1989, Kathy Mattea was in the top-10 with “Life As We Knew It.”
  • Today in 1991, Emmylou Harris became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Today in 1992, Sawyer Brown was #1 on the charts with “The Dirt Road.”
  • Today in 1993, Brooks & Dunn released their single “Hard Workin’ Man.”
  • Today in 2005, Kenny Chesney released his album “Be As You Are (Songs From An Old Blue Chair)”
  • Today in 2006, Brad Paisley’s “Time Well Wasted” became a platinum album.
  • Today in 2006, Carrie Underwood collected a gold award for her song, “Jesus, Take The Wheel.”
  • Today in 2008, The CMT reality show “Gone Country” hosted by John Rich debuted, featuring Bobby Brown, Carnie Wilson, Enrique Iglesias Jr. and Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider.
  • Today in 2010, Jerrod Niemmann’s “Lover Lover” played on the radio for the first time.
  • Today in 2014, Luke Bryan played a sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden. He sung “That’s My Kind Of Night,” “Drunk On You,” and “Drink a Beer.” Lee Brice and Cole Swindell opened.
  • Today in 2015, Jo Dee Messina performed the national anthem before the NHL All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Team Toews defeated Team Foligno, 17-12.
  • Today in 2016, Randy Houser’s “Goodnight Kiss” was certified gold by the RIAA.
  • Today in 2017, former Western Michigan University baseball player Frankie Ballard delivers the keynote speech as the Broncos hold their annual Leadoff Dinner at the Cityscape Event Center in Kalamazoo
  • Today in 2018, the Bellamy Brothers were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in Tallahassee.


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