THIS DAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY <3

Today in 1983, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton earned a platinum single for “Islands In The Stream.”

Today in 1991, Reba McEntire’s “For My Broken Heart” topped the Billboard country singles chart.

Today in 1992, Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “Passionate Kisses” album was released.

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Today in 1998, Kenny Chesney’s “How Forever Feels” arrived in stores.

Today in 2003, Loretta Lynn was recognized during the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C., by President George W. Bush.

Today in 2004, Loretta Lynn received five Grammy nominations in recognition of her album “Van Lear Rose.” Gretchen Wilson claimed four nominations, including Best New Artist, while “Live Like You Were Dying” was a finalist for all-genre Song of the Year.

Today in 2006, the Dixie Chicks registered five Grammy nominations, leading all country acts in the 49th annual show. Alan Jackson received three and Carrie Underwood collects two, including one for Best New Artist.

Today in 2007, an installment of “CMT Crossroads” pairing LeAnn Rimes and Joss Stone had its first showing on TV. The two singers joined voices on “Nothin’ Better To Do.”

Today in 2008, George Jones was celebrated during the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C., along with Barbra Streisand, Morgan Freeman and two members of The Who.

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Today in 2015, Chris Stapleton was the leading country candidate, receiving four nominations in the GRAMMY Awards. His solo debut, “Traveller,” was up for Album of the Year and Best Country Album, while the title track was tapped in the Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song categories.

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