- 2008, Trace Adkins performs “You’re Gonna Miss This” in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Also appearing: James Taylor, Miley Cyrus and Darius Rucker
– 2003, Toby Keith performs “Beer For My Horses,” “How Do You Like Me Now?!” and “Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)” at halftime when the Dallas Cowboys host the Dolphins in a Thanksgiving Day game at Texas Stadium in Irving. Miami wins, 40-21
– 2002, Keith Urban rides off with a gold album, for “Golden Road”
– 1996, “Sling Blade” opens in American movie theaters. The picture features Dwight Yoakam in a prominent role, along with Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Duvall and Tex Ritter’s son, John Ritter. It also includes an Emmylou Harris performance of “Shenandoah”
- 2011, Jennifer Nettles marries Justin Miller in east Tennessee with Sugarland partner Kristian Bush in attendance
– 2010, Willie Nelson is arrested in Sierra Blanca, Texas, for possession of six ounces of marijuana. He is released after posting $2,500 bond
– 2005, A “CMT Crossroads” episode featuring Kenny Rogers and Lionel Richie makes its TV debut. The two collaborate on such titles as “Lady,” “Easy,” “She Believes In Me,” “Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town” and “The Gambler”
– 2002, Curb releases the album “Tim McGraw & The Dancehall Doctors,” while Simon & Schuster publishes a companion book about the album’s creation, “Tim McGraw & The Dancehall Doctors: This Is Ours”
For Keith Urban, life has always been about the music. He admits it’s all he’s ever known.
His dedication is obvious to anyone who has explored the sheer volume of his musical catalog and accolades throughout the past 15 years.
On Dec. 2, he’ll add to those accolades during the CMT Artists of the Year special.
While he’s grown accustomed to delivering his hit music and stellar guitar artistry on large stages throughout the world, Urban says he would still be playing music even if he never achieved commercial success.
“I’d be somewhere else,” he told CMT. “I’d be playing some club somewhere tonight.”
It hasn’t always been an easy journey, however, and it’s taken the support of some special people in encouraging him to remain strong and push on during life’s challenging moments.
“I feel really fortunate that I had supportive parents, first and foremost,” Urban said. “I started playing when I was age 6, and my mom and dad were incredibly supportive of me and drove me to talent quests that I was entering in when I was 9 and 10 and 11.”
Not even old enough to drive when he joined his first band, Urban says his parents sacrificed a lot so he could follow his passion.
“I left school at 15 and was playing five nights a week in a band, and my mom and dad supported that, too,” he said.
As a father, dropping out of school is not something Urban condones, but he remains greatly indebted for the understanding of his parents when he made the decision that would ultimately shape his life forever.
“I was very fortunate to have parents that really believed in what I was doing,” he said. “They could see I was going to do it forever.”
- 2010, Keith Urban plays “Days Go By,” “Put You In A Song” and “Better Life” during halftime at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, as the New Orleans Saints defeat Dallas, 30-27, in an NFL game
– 2006, When Heartland opens for The Charlie Daniels Band at the Forum Civic Center in Rome, Georgia, the band is surprised by guitarist Jeff Cook, who joins them to perform several Alabama songs
– 2004, Alan Jackson’s “Monday Morning Church,” Kenny Chesney’s “Anything But Mine” and Brad Paisley’s “Mud On The Tires” videos debut on CMT
– 2000, Phil Vassar breezes to #1 in Billboard with “Just Another Day In Paradise”
- 2013, Taylor Swift tops the winners list with four trophies at ABC’s American Music Awards, held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Other country victors include Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum
– 2007, Dierks Bentley rides to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Free And Easy (Down The Road I Go)”
– 2005, Jason Aldean performs “Hicktown” during pre-game activities at Texas Stadium in Irving, as the Dallas Cowboys host the Denver Broncos in a Thanksgiving game. Sheryl Crow performs at halftime of Denver’s 24-21 victory
– 1998, Ashland, Kentucky, proclaims Billy Ray Cyrus Day, presenting the singer with a key to the city. A section of Kentucky Route 693 in nearby Flatwoods is renamed Billy Ray Cyrus Boulevard
- 2012, A new installment of “CMT Crossroads” debuts featuring Randy Travis and The Avett Brothers. Among their performances is a collaboration on “Three Wooden Crosses”
– 2006, Carrie Underwood sings “Before He Cheats” during halftime of an NFL Thanksgiving Day game at Texas Stadium in Irving, while Kelly Clarkson delivers the national anthem. The Dallas Cowboys win handily over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 38-10
– 1996, Deana Carter ices the top spot on the Billboard country chart with “Strawberry Wine”
– 1996, Trace Adkins makes his debut on the Grand Ole Opry. After singing “Every Light In The House,” he drops to one knee, calls out girlfriend Rhonda Forlaw and asks her to marry him. She says yes
- 2012, Jake and Lacey Owen welcome a daughter, Olive Pearl Owen, in Nashville
– 2009, Taylor Swift wins five trophies, including Artist of the Year, during the American Music Awards, telecast on ABC from Los Angeles
– 2007, Wynonna performs “Winter Wonderland” while riding down Broadway in Manhattan during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Dolly Parton appears on the lead float
– 2002, Tim McGraw’s “She’s My Kind Of Rain” video, shot in London, debuts on CMT
- 2011, The Band Perry, Darius Rucker, Kris Kristofferson and Dierks Bentley play for president Barack Obama at the White House. The bill also features Lauren Alaina, Lyle Lovett and Alison Krauss
– 2006, Rascal Flatts walks off with two trophies at the American Music Awards, broadcast by ABC from Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. Other country victors include Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Toby Keith and Carrie Underwood
– 1992, Alabama claims the top spot on the Billboard country singles chart with “I’m In A Hurry (And Don’t Know Why)”
– 1981, Hank Williams Jr.’s “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)” settles in at #1 on the Billboard country chart
- 2012, The Zac Brown Band’s “Goodbye In Her Eyes” video premieres on CMT.com
– 2009, “The Blind Side,” featuring Tim McGraw and Sandra Bullock, debuts in movie theaters. McGraw’s “Southern Voice” runs over the closing credits for the film, which also includes the music of Uncle Kracker and Les Paul & Mary Ford
– 2003, Travis and Theresa Tritt have a son, Tarian Nathaniel Tritt, in Marietta, Georgia
– 1986, Ex-smoker Chet Atkins is honorary chairman of the sixth annual Great American Smokeout, asking nicotine addicts to lay off their cigarettes for one day
- 2010, Tim McGraw’s “Felt Good On My Lips” video debuts on CMT.com
– 2006, Buddy Jewell breaks his wrist when he falls off a ladder while stringing Christmas lights on his Nashville home. The accident forces him to cancel his scheduled participation in a holiday concert tour
– 2002, Emmylou Harris joins Bruce Springsteen on stage in Birmingham, Alabama, to sing “My Hometown.” The city is, appropriately, her hometown
– 2002, Mercury releases Shania Twain’s album “Up!”