- 2012, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Lady Antebellum each win during ABC’s American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles
– 2008, Atlantic releases The Zac Brown Band’s album “The Foundation”
– 2005, The Johnny Cash biopic “Walk The Line” opens, with Joaquin Phoenix in the starring role. Reese Witherspoon portrays June Carter, Shelby Lynne takes the role of Cash’s mother, and Shooter Jennings plays his late father, Waylon Jennings
– 2001, Brad Paisley and Jamie O’Neal tape a week’s worth of appearances on TV’s “Hollywood Squares” in Hollywood. Later that evening, Paisley has his first date with actress Kimberly Williams
- 2012, “We have to make a new bucket list after tonight”: The Zac Brown Band headlines the prestigious Madison Square Garden in New York for the first time
– 2007, A “CMT Giants” installment celebrating Hank Williams Jr. debuts. Paying homage are Brad Paisley, Gretchen Wilson, Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock, Steven Tyler, Toby Keith, Terry Bradshaw and Buddy Guy
– 2004, Montgomery Gentry and Lynyrd Skynyrd tape an episode of “CMT Crossroads” at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee. The set list includes “Hillbilly Shoes,” “My Town,” “Call Me The Breeze” and “Sweet Home Alabama”
– 1997, “The Woman In Me” makes Shania Twain the first female country artist to have an album certified for shipments of 10 million copies
-2012, Curb releases Lee Brice’s “I Drive Your Truck” to radio
– 2003, Alabama adds to its own American Music Awards record, claiming the 23rd victory of its career at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. The evening’s other country winners include Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Toby Keith
– 1991, Garth Brooks’ interpretation of the Billy Joel song “Shameless” rises to #1 on the Billboard country chart
– 1970, Anne Murray clutches a gold single with “Snowbird,” making her the first Canadian artist to reach gold with a country hit
- 2012, Hunter Hayes’ self-titled debut album is certified gold
– 2005, Lee Ann Womack wins three trophies in the Country Music Association awards at New York’s Madison Square Garden: Single of the Year (“I May Hate Myself In The Morning”), Album (“There’s More Where That Came From”) and Vocal Event, shared with George Strait
– 2003, Toby Keith bellies up to #1 in Billboard with “I Love This Bar”
– 1980, Anne Murray waltzes to #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Could I Have This Dance”
- 2012, Arista releases Carrie Underwood’s “Two Black Cadillacs” to radio
– 2010, Grand Ole Opry performances by Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood, who sings “Temporary Home,” are featured in ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” centered on the restoration of Nashville’s Lighthouse Christian School
– 2004, Toby Keith claims two trophies in the American Music Awards at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. Other country winners include Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson, Brooks & Dunn and Reba McEntire
– 1989, MCA releases Vince Gill’s “When I Call Your Name” album
- 2010, Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)” ranks #1 as CMT debuts “40 Greatest Songs Of The Decade”
– 2006, The Judds perform “Love Can Build A Bridge” at a groundbreaking ceremony for a Martin Luther King memorial in Washington, D.C. Also present: presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Maya Angelou, Jesse Jackson and Oprah Winfrey
– 2005, The New York premiere of the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk The Line” at the Beacon Theatre draws Kris Kristofferson, Gretchen Wilson, Trace Adkins, LeAnn Rimes, Van Zant, Brooks & Dunn, Billy Currington, Dierks Bentley, Lonestar and Sara Evans
– 1999, Garth Brooks hosts NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live,” with musical guest Chris Gaines
In the recent issue of People magazine, on one of the very last pages, there is a Q&A with Kidman about her new thriller Before I Go to Sleep, in theaters now.
And she admits she takes baths before bedtime every night that she can.
“Every night, I like lavender baths. It helps me sleep,” she says. “Keith and I have been known to take baths together — many times. It’s so nice! We squeeze in.”
Let that image sink in a little.
Then when you’re done with that thought, picture Mr. and Mrs. Lovebird watching TV and Kidman dancing and Urban adoring her for it.
When the magazine asked Kidman the last time she danced, she said, “Last night.”
“I was watching Dancing With the Stars, and I got up and danced to an old Captain & Tennille song, ‘Love Will Keep Us Together,'” she said. “Keith was like, ‘Gosh, please continue to do that till the day we die.'”
You can’t blame Urban. Have you seen Kidman dance? Even her little groove during the Doobie Brothers’ “Listen to the Music” at the CMA Awards was sexy as hell.
- 2013, Danielle Bradbery makes her Grand Ole Opry debut at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville
– 2008, George Strait and co-producer Tony Brown share Album of the Year, for “Troubadour”; and Single of the Year, for “I Saw God Today”; during the CBS telecast of the 42nd annual Country Music Association Awards at Nashville’s Sommet Center
– 2004, Sugarland performs “Baby Girl” during its Grand Ole Opry debut
– 1992, Billy Ray Cyrus becomes the first country artist to ship 5 million copies of his debut album, with the latest certification of “Some Gave All”
I guess we kind of have Katy Perry to thank for our brand new CMA Award-winning song of the year, “Follow Your Arrow.” Yes. At least, if you believe what Kacey Musgraves recently revealed about her early plans for the song.
In the new CMA special issue of People magazine, Musgraves talks about how she came up with a rough chorus and melody and then took it with her to a songwriting session with Perry.
Musgraves recalled that Perry loved it but ultimately thought she should keep it for herself.
“Honestly, it sounds like something you would sing. You should keep it,” Musgraves said Perry told her.
She did, and “Follow Your Arrow” went on to win big at Wednesday’s (Nov. 5) CMA Awards. But because of the song’s mention of same-sex kissing and marijuana smoking, it wasn’t the easiest song to get played on conservative country radio. (Perry’s own massive hit song from 2008, “I Kissed a Girl” — which had lyrics about being bisexually curious — had had some short-lived radio backlash of its own when it was first released.)
Musgraves predicted the backlash would happen, but she recorded it and released it anyway.
“I knew it wasn’t going to be a radio song — and it was banned in a lot of places — so it’s kind of crazy to me that it’s nominated for a CMA,” she’d said before the song won. “But if there are kids in small towns — or big towns — who don’t feel like they belong, and this song gives them courage to walk taller, that’s better than any award I can ever hope to win.
- 2010, Broken Bow releases Jason Aldean’s duet with Kelly Clarkson, “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” to radio
– 2008, Big Machine releases Taylor Swift’s album “Fearless”
– 2004, Darryl Worley, Mark Wills and Rebecca Lynn Howard deliver a Veterans Day performance for troops at Central Command at the Sundome in Tampa, Florida
– 1993, Crystal Gayle performs alongside Harry Connick Jr. at the dedication of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C.