January 29th, 1996


That's the only way to describe the reaction after Garth Brooks refused to accept the favorite artist of the year honors at the 23rd annual American Music Awards.

"I cannot agree with this," Brooks said from the podium, as the cheers in the house during the ABC telecast fell silent. "Without any disrespect for the American Music Awards and without any disrespect for the people who voted, for all the people who should be honored I'm gonna leave it right here."

And he did just that, leaving the statue on the podium and walking away.

And that was the end of the show.

While it was hardly a repeat of Sacheen Littlefeather's diatribe delivered on behalf of Marlon Brando when he turned down the best actor Oscar in 1973, it left those on hand grasping to comprehend what had happened.

Brooks would later say backstage that the award should have gone to Hootie + The Blowfish.

Brooks does take two other awards (Favorite Country Male Artist and Favorite Country Album for The Hits), while The Eagles get three (Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Group/Duo, Adult Contemporary Artist and Rock Album for Hell Freezes Over). Other winners: Reba McEntire (Favorite Country Female Artist), Alabama (Country Band/Group/Duo) and Shania Twain (Country New Artist).

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    Taylor Swift topped Forbes magazine’s list of the Top Earning Musical Performers of 2008

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    The Dixie Chicks' Wide Open Spaces album is certified quadruple-platinum.

    The album would be awarded 2 Grammy Awards at the 41st annual Grammy Awards ceremony in 1999; for Best Country Album and for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the song "There's Your Trouble". The Chicks would win the Best Vocal Performance award again in 2000 for “Ready To Run.”

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    "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" debuts on CBS. Guests for the first episode: Bobbie Gentry, "Gentle On My Mind" songwriter John Hartford, The Smothers Brothers and comedian Pat Paulsen.

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    #1 On This Date


    2011 – Kenny Chesney – “Somewhere With You” (1/3)

    2005 – Darryl Worley – “Awful, Beautiful Life” (2/2)

    2000 – Faith Hill – “Breathe” (6/6)

    1994 – Clay Walker – “Live Until I Die” (1/1)

    1983 – Mickey Gilley – “Talk To Me” (1/1)

    1977 – Ronnie Milsap – “Let My Love Be Your Pillow ” (1/1)

    1972 – Merle Haggard – “Carolyn” (3/3)

    1966 – Red Sovine – “Giddyup Go” (4/6)

    1955 – Carl Smith – “Loose Talk” (4/7)

    1949 – Jimmy Wakely – “One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)” (8/8 non)

    1944 – Bing Crosby w/the Andrews Sisters – “Pistol Packin’ Mama” (4/4)




    2010 – Taylor Swift – Fearless

    1999 – Dixie Chicks – Wide Open Spaces

    1993 – Billy Ray Cyrus – Some Gave All

    1988 – Randy Travis – Always & Forever

    1982 – Alabama – Feels So Right

    1971 – Ray Price – For The Good Times

    1965 – Buck Owens – I Don’t Care

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    Irlene Mandrell is 59

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