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Country music star Jason Aldean performs Friday, February 17, 2012, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. (Pioneer Press: John Autey)
Kitty Wells August 30, 1919 – July 16, 2012 The Queen of Country Music died at the age of 92 after suffering complications from a stroke. As the first successful female country star, Kitty's accomplishments include an induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1976 and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award as the third country music artist (and eighth woman) so honored.