Country music headlines 2013

  • Jan. 1: Patti Page, who popularized "Tennessee Waltz" in 1950, dies at 85. Getty Images

  • Jan. 18: George Strait is joined by opening act Martina McBride for the 2013 launch of his farewell Cowboy Rides Away tour in Lubbock, Texas. The trek is set to finish in 2014. Getty Images

  • Jan. 20: Jana Kramer and Brantley Gilbert get engaged at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. They break off the engagement in August. Getty Images

  • Jan. 21: Kelly Clarkson performs for the inauguration of President Barack Obama's second term. Getty Images

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    Feb. 17: Troubled country singer Mindy McCready, 37, dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at her home in Heber Springs, Ark. Getty Images

  • March 14: Longtime Grand Ole Opry member and the first CMA Male Vocalist of the Year (in 1967), Jack Greene dies at 83.

  • March 18: Wynonna Judd and Kellie Pickler are among contestants on a new season of "Dancing With the Stars." Wynonna is the first contestant eliminated, while Kellie goes on to win the mirror-ball trophy with dance partner Derek Hough. Getty Images

  • March 27: Gordon Stoker, vocalist with the Jordanaires, who backed Elvis Presley and other performers on stage and on countless recordings, dies at 88.

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    March 28: Blake Shelton, dressed as a chicken, performs the Lumineers "Ho Hey" on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon."

  • April 21: Lee Brice and Sarah Reeveley are married in Branson, Mo. In December, Sara gives birth to son Ryker Mobley. Getty Images

  • Apr. 26: Following a cheating scandal that grabbed tabloid headlines, Jason Aldean files for divorce from wife Jessica after 12 years of marriage. Getty Images

  • Apr. 26: George Jones, 81, considered by many to be the greatest living country singer, dies in Nashville. His final concert, scheduled for November, is turned into an all-star tribute. Getty Images for Nashville Assoc

  • April 29: Willie Nelson turns 80. Getty Images for the Country Mus

  • May 19: Trace Adkins wins NBC's "All Star Celebrity Apprentice" Getty Images

  • July 6: Toby Keith is among performers for the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert following a devastating outbreak of tornadoes in May. Getty Images for Shock Ink

  • July 10: Randy Travis undergoes emergency brain surgery after suffering a stroke at the Heart Hospital at Baylor Plano in Texas. He had been hospitalized with a heart infection three days earlier. Getty Images

  • Aug. 8: Songwriter and producer "Cowboy" Jack Clement dies in Nashville at age 82. Getty Images

  • Sept. 30: The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry is engaged to Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia at her parents' home in Greeneville, Tenn. Getty Images for Big Machine Lab

  • Oct. 20: Kelly Clarkson marries Brandon Blackstock. In November she reveals via Twitter that she's pregnant. Getty Images

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    Nov. 6: During the comedic opening of the CMA Awards, co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood spoof Obamacare with a parody of George Strait's "Amarillo by Morning." As the night ends, King George is crowned Entertainer of the Year. YouTube

  • Nov. 29: Garth Brooks begins his latest comeback with the release of the muslti-disc set "Blame It All on My Roots" and the live telecast of his final concert from Las Vegas. Getty Images

  • Dec. 5: Carrie Underwood stars as Maria in NBC's "The Sound of Music Live!" Critics are less than kind, but Carrie responds saying "Mean people need Jesus."

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    Dec. 10: The American Country Awards air on FOX. Trace Adkins and Danica Patrick co-host, Florida Georgia Line wins six awards and LeAnn Rimes provides the highlight of the night with an emotional medley of songs from the late Patsy Cline. YouTube

  • Dec. 16: Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley marries girlfriend Brittney Marie Cole at a super-secret outdoor ceremony.