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Tanya Tucker (Solo country vocalist. Had her first country hit at the age of 13 and never lost her audience as she matured. Winner of 2 Academy of Country Music Awards, 2 CMT Awards, 2 Country Music Association Awards, & ranked 20 on CMT's 40 Greatest Women in Country Music. Nominated for 9 Grammys)

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The Judds-One of the most successful acts in country music history, The Judds won five Grammy Awards for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and eight Country Music Association awards. The duo also charted twenty-five singles on the country music charts between 1983 and 2000, fourteen of which went to Number One and six more of which made Top Ten on the same chart.

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The Country Music Association just released a very ambitious single that aims to celebrate country music from the past, present and the future.

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In 1988 Tucker was nominated by the Country Music Association for "Female Vocalist of the Year", & was nominated for other major awards during this time.

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1954, Born on this day, Ricky Scaggs, country singer, 1982 Country Music Association singer of the year, (US country No.1 single 'Crying My Heart Out Over You').

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There are two major Country music awards shows each year.   The LA-based Academy of Country Music hold their festivities in Las Vegas every spring, while the venerable Nashville-based Country Music Association rolls out the red carpet in the fall in Music City, USA. The 2011 CMA Awards are