- 2013, Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift receive four nominations apiece, making them the top country finalists in the 56th annual Grammy awards
– 2008, A “CMT Giants” installment celebrating Alan Jackson premieres with performances by Dierks Bentley, George Strait, Lee Ann Womack, Miranda Lambert and Brad Paisley
– 2005, Dierks Bentley nets a platinum album for “Modern Day Drifter”
– 2002, Travis Tritt and Ray Charles are paired for an hour of music as a new episode of “CMT Crossroads” debuts. The set list includes “Georgia On My Mind,” “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive” and “I’m Moving On”
- 2013, Carrie Underwood takes the role of Maria Von Trapp as NBC airs a three-hour live production of “The Sound Of Music”
– 2010, Merle Haggard, Oprah Winfrey and Paul McCartney are recognized during the 33rd annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama is on hand for the ceremony
– 2000, Lost Highway releases the soundtrack to “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Among the artists featured: Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski, The Whites, Gillian Welch, John Hartford, Ralph Stanley, The Cox Family and Norman Blake
– 1992, George Strait tops the Billboard country singles chart with “I Cross My Heart,” from the “Pure Country” soundtrack
- 2012, The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two” video premieres on CMT
– 2003, Ricky Skaggs receives five nominations for the annual Grammy awards, more than any other country artist. Willie Nelson takes four, while Alison Krauss nets three
– 1991, The Judds perform the final show of their Farewell Tour at the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Naomi Judd is retiring, suffering from a potentially fatal strain of hepatitis, leaving Wynonna to pursue a solo career
– 1981, Lila McCann is born in Puyallup, Washington. She breaks through in 1997 at age 15, netting a hit with “I Wanna Fall In Love” and a nomination from the Academy of Country Music for Top New Female. Each of her first two albums goes gold
- 2012, Lee Brice’s “I Drive Your Truck” video debuts on CMT
– 2006, Dolly Parton and Smokey Robinson are awarded Kennedy Center Honors in a Washington, D.C., event attended by president George W. Bush. Also recognized are Steven Spielberg and theatrical composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
– 2004, Trace and Rhonda Adkins welcome a daughter, Trinity Lee Adkins
– 1983, Anne Murray’s “A Little Good News” reaches #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
- 2009, Taylor Swift picks up eight nominations in the 52nd annual Grammy Awards. Her haul includes Record and Song of the Year, for “You Belong With Me”; and Album of the Year, for “Fearless”
– 2006, A “CMT Crossroads” edition pairing Little Big Town with Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham airs for the first time. Included in the set list: “Boondocks,” “Bring It On Home” and “Go Your Own Way”
– 2004, Connie Smith sings “Silver Bells” and Marty Stuart weaves “Jingle Bells” into a mandolin medley for the lighting of the national Christmas tree at the White House in Washington, D.C. Willard Scott serves as Santa Claus for the event, attended by president George W. Bush
– 2002, Kenny Chesney’s album “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” goes double-platinum
Little Big Town Go Gold for “Day Drinking”
I know what you’re thinking. Even on Black Friday, it’s definitely too early for day drinking, right? No matter how convincing Little Big Town‘s latest hit might be or because it’s a long, holiday weekend with lots of shopping to do.
Technically, however, this would be a celebration — one in honor of the single “Day Drinking” being certified gold and becoming a big smash, which is absolutely why we should all move our happy hours up today.
“Day Drinking” is the fifth gold-certified single from the CMA-winning group.
So what’s next for the quartet? How do you follow such an infectious and effervescent smash of a tune?
With a single like “Girl Crush,” that’s how — and that’s exactly what LBT plan to do.
Arguably the most powerful single on their newest project Pain Killer, “Girl Crush” is a gut-punch of a lyric, melody and vocal performance that will leave you all but curled up on the floor completely heartbroken — or at the very least picking your jaw up off the ground.
Liz Rose, Lori McKenna and Hillary Lindsey wrote the song. It’s raw, it’s all too real, and it’s singer Karen Fairchild emoting in a way you’ve never heard before.
And it’s glorious. “Girl Crush” officially lands at country radio on Dec. 15. I’ll drink to that … bartender, round two, please!
- 2012, Shania Twain begins a two-year, 120-show residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. She sings “You’re Still The One” to a horse, and does “Up!,” “Any Man Of Mine,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!”
– 2010, Lady Antebellum nabs six nominations for “Need You Now” in the 53rd annual Grammy awards, including Record, Song and Album of the Year, plus Best Country Song, Country Album and Country Performance by a Duo or Group
– 2005, Ricky Skaggs and The Whites perform at the lighting of the national Christmas tree in Washington, D.C. Also participating: CeCeWinans, Maya Angelou and president George W. Bush
– 1998, Faith Hill’s “This Kiss” earns a platinum single
- 2011, A Nashville judge rules Tim McGraw is free to record for a label other than Curb Records. Wife Faith Hill is in the courtroom for the decision
– 2002, “These Days” propels Rascal Flatts to its first #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
– 1996, Mark Wills marries Kelly Mangus near Atlanta, Georgia
– 1990, Garth Brooks receives the first of many multi-platinum certifications, as the “No Fences” album goes double-platinum
- 2013, A new installment of “CMT Crossroads” debuts with The Band Perry and Fall Out Boy. They combine forces on “Better Dig Two,” “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely,” “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” and “DONE.”
– 2007, Gary Allan earns a gold album for his “Greatest Hits”
– 2001, Lee Ann Womack kicks off a unique Christmas tour in Sewell, New Jersey, performing with the Duke Ellington Orchestra
– 1997, Little Jimmy Dickens retires from touring, performing on the road for what he says will be the last time in Lexington, South Carolina
- 2013, Florida Georgia Line performs “Cruise” and Brett Eldredge sings “Don’t Ya” during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Also riding down Broadway are Kellie Pickler, Jimmy Fallon and Fall Out Boy. Carrie Underwood briefly appears on the NBC telecast, promoting the December special “The Sound Of Music”
– 2005, Lee Ann Womack collects a gold album for “There’s More Where That Came From”
– 1992, Marty Stuart joins the Grand Ole Opry, the first new member added following the death of Roy Acuff
– 1964, Connie Smith’s debut single, “Once A Day,” goes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart