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Garth Brooks Plays A Benefit, Brad Paisley Meets Santa – Today In Country Music History

Honorees Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood perform at the 2011 CMT Artists of the year celebration at the Bridgestone Arena on November 29, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood began a series of benefit concerts on this date in 2010, Lady Antebellum earned a platinum single in 2009 and Little Jimmie Dickens dressed up as Santa Claus to invite Brad Paisley to become a Grand Ole Opry member in 2000.

Here’s the list for Today In Country Music History for 16 December, 2011.

  • Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood performed the first two of nine concerts at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, joined by unannounced guest Steve Wariner, in 2010. The shows raised $3.5 million for flood relief.
  • Lady Antebellum earned a platinum single for “Need You Now” in 2009.
  • Rascal Flatts‘ “My Wish” topped the Billboard country chart in 2006.
  • George Strait‘s 50 Number Ones became the third quintuple-platinum album of his career in 2004.
  • Shania Twain‘s Greatest Hits was certified triple-platinum in 2004.
  • Brad Paisley was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry by Little Jimmy Dickens and Jeannie Sealy, dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus in 2000.
  • Tim McGraw claimed the Number One spot on the Billboard chart with “My Next Thirty Years” in 2000.
  • The Trisha Yearwood album (Songbook) A Collection Of Hits went double platinum in 1997.
  • Kenny Rogers‘ single “The Gambler” went to Number One in 1978.

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