November 12, 2008

George Strait takes home Album of the Year, for Troubadour and Single of the Year, for "I Saw God Today"; during the 42nd annual Country Music Association Awards at Nashville's Sommet Center. Kenny Chesney would win the Entertainer of the Year Award, Brad Paisley the Male Vocalist and Carrie Underwood the Female Vocalist of the Year.

Lady Antebellum was named New Artist of the Year, Rascal Flatts the Vocal Group and Sugarland the Vocal Duo of the Year. Song of the Year went to Jennifer Nettles, as the songwriter, for Sugarland’s “Stay.” Musical Event of the Year went to Alison Krauss and Robert Plant (yes, THAT Robert Plant) for “Gone, Gone, Gone” while Video of the Year went to Brad Paisley for “Waitin’ On A Woman.Mac MacAnally won the Musician of the Year award.

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    An Atlanta judge signed a document indicating Sugarland and former member Kristen Hall had reached a settlement in her quest for a portion of the profits following her 2005 departure.

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    Keith Urban was on the cover of People magazine. Inside he addressed the dangers of fame: “I can’t have my self-esteem based solely on people clapping. It’s just so dangerous and unhealthy.”

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    Sugarland performs "Baby Girl" during its Grand Ole Opry debut

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    George Strait receives the National Medal of Arts from president George W. Bush and the National Endowment for the Arts in a ceremony at the White House.

    Austin City Limits also becomes the first television program to win the honor

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    Billy Ray Cyrus’ album Some Gave All was certified multi-platinum for sales of 5 million copies. Cyrus becomes the first artist in history to ship 5 million copies of a debut album.

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    #1 On This Date


    2011 – Blake Shelton – “God Gave Me You”

    2005 – Keith Urban – “Better Life

    1994 – Alan Jackson – “Livin’ On Love

    1988 – Roseanne Cash – “Runaway Train

    1983 – Lee Greenwood – “Somebody’s Gonna Love You

    1977 – Charley Pride – “More To Me

    1966 – Buck Owens – “Open Up Your Heart

    1955 – Webb Pierce – “Love, Love, Love

    1949 – Margaret Whiting & Jimmy Wakely – “Slipping Around



    2011 – Toby Keith – Clancy’s Tavern

    2005 – Martina McBride - Timeless

    1994 – Mary Chapin Carpenter – Stones In The Road

    1988 – Ricky Van Shelton – Loving Proof

    1983 – Kenny Rogers – Eyes That See In The Dark

    1977 – Elvis Presley – Elvis In Concert

    1966 – Loretta Lynn – You Ain’t Woman Enough

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