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.

 

2005 - Robert Earl Keen's "Merry Christmas From The Family" ranks at #1 in the holiday special "CMT 20 Merriest Christmas Videos".

 

2004 - Marty Stuart and Connie Smith provide music for the lighting of the national Christmas tree, in Washington, D.C. Willard Scott serves as Santa Claus for the event, attended by president George W. Bush.

 

2002 - Kenny Chesney's "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" album is certified double-platinum.

 

2000 - Heather Kinley, of The Kinleys, marries pharmaceutical rep Mark Mendenhall in Nashville. Sister Jennifer joins her husband, singer-songwriter Adam Hughes, to sing "Let It Be Me" in the ceremony. In attendance: Trace Adkins.

 

1998 - Garth Brooks helps First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton light the Christmas tree at New York's Rockefeller Center. Along with Jewel, Babyface and Cyndi Lauper, he does the honors on NBC-TV's "Christmas In Rockefeller Center".

 

1989 - Randy Travis goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart with "It's Just A Matter Of Time".

 

1979 - Kris Kristofferson divorces Rita Coolidge.

 

1957 - "Jailhouse Rock" gives Elvis Presley a #1 country single in Billboard magazine.