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50th Annual Grammy Awards
February 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS
Johnny Cash

Timeline

Country music has been recognized by the Grammy awards since they began in 1958. Get highlights from country music's past and see the winners with an overview of the CMT.com Grammy timeline.

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1964 | Dottie West
Dottie West wins the first Grammy for best country & western performance, female.
1977 | Kenny Rogers
"Lucille" gives Kenny Rogers his very first Grammy award. To date, he has 3 Grammys.
2000 | Faith Hill
Faith Hill accepts 3 Grammys this year -- including best country album for Breathe.
2005 | Keith Urban
"You'll Think of Me" earns Keith Urban his first Grammy award.

1958

The first Grammy recognizing the best country & western performance is given to the popular folk artists the Kingston Trio for "Tom Dooley."

1959

Johnny Horton's historical ode, "Battle of New Orleans," wins the Grammy for best country & western performance.

1960

Marty Robbins wins his first Grammy this year. His classic hit, "El Paso," is named best country & western performance.

1961

The best country & western recording Grammy award goes to "Big Bad John" written and performed by Texas native Jimmy Dean.

1962

Folk singer Burl Ives' "Funny Way of Laughin'" wins the best country & western recording Grammy. It is the only Grammy win of his career.

1963

Singer-songwriter Bobby Bare wins the best country & western recording Grammy for "Detroit City." It is his only Grammy win.

1964

For the first time, the Grammys honor the best country & western vocal performance, female. Dottie West wins for her song, "Here Comes My Baby."

1965

With the help of his hit song "King of the Road," singer-songwriter Roger Miller wins four Grammys.

1966

Opry star Jeannie Seely's "Don't Touch Me" wins the Grammy for best country & western vocal performance, female.

1967

Glen Campbell wins the Grammy for best country & western recording for "Gentle on My Mind." The song also wins songwriter John Hartford his first Grammy.

1968

The iconic Johnny Cash wins the Grammy for best country vocal performance, male for "Folsom Prison Blues."

1969

Tammy Wynette's classic "Stand by Your Man" wins the Grammy for best country vocal performance, female. It is the singer's second and final Grammy.

1970

Texas crooner Ray Price wins the best country vocal performance, male with his song, "For the Good Times." It is his first and only Grammy win.

1971

As a songwriter, Kris Kristofferson wins his first Grammy when "Help Me Make It Through the Night" is named best country song.

1972

Charley Pride's "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" wins the Grammy for best country song and best country vocal performance, male.

1973

In an unexpected move, Olivia Newton-John's "Let Me Be There" wins her the Grammy for best country vocal performance, female.

1974

Ronnie Milsap wins the Grammy for best country vocal performance, male for his hit, "Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends."

1975

Country legend Willie Nelson wins his first Grammy. His song, "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," is named best country vocal performance, male.

1976

Guitarist extraordinaire Chet Atkins wins his sixth Grammy for best country instrumental performance. He will win 14 in his lifetime.

1977

Crystal Gayle's "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," wins two Grammy awards this year including best country song.

1978

Dolly Parton wins her first Grammy. Her hit, "Here You Come Again," is named best country vocal performance, female.

1979

Kenny Rogers wins two Grammys including best country song for "You Decorated My Life" and best country vocal performance, male for "The Gambler."

1980

Mickey Gilley's Urban Cowboy Band win the best country instrumental performance Grammy for their version of "Orange Blossom Special."

1981

Country quartet, the Oak Ridge Boys, win best country performance by a duo or group with vocal for their hit song,"Elivira."

1982

Willie Nelson's "Always on My Mind" wins the Grammy for best country song and song of the year. It is the first time a country song wins in the all-genre category.

1983

"The Closer You Get" earns the country group Alabama the Grammy for best country performance by a duo or group with vocal.

1984

Emmylou Harris' "In My Dreams" wins the Grammy for best country vocal performance, female. It is her fourth Grammy.

1985

Rosanne Cash wins the Grammy for best country vocal performance, female for "I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me."

1986

"Whoever's in New England" gives Reba McEntire her first Grammy. It will be seven years before she wins another.

1987

Randy Travis wins the Grammy for best country vocal performance, male with the song, "Always & Forever." The song is also named country song of the year.

1988

K.T. Oslin's self-penned hit, "Hold Me," wins best country song and the best country vocal performance, female Grammys.

1989

Singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell earns the best country song Grammy for his hit, "After All This Time." It is his first Grammy.

1990

Alison Krauss accepts her first Grammy for "I've Got That Old Feeling." The song is recognized as the best bluegrass recording.

1991

"Love Can Build a Bridge" is named best country song of the year. It also earns the Judds the best country performance by a duo or group with vocal Grammy. It is the fifth and final Grammy for the duo.

1992

"Love Can Build a Bridge" is named best country song of the year. It also earns the Judds the best country performance by a duo or group with vocal Grammy. It is the fifth and final Grammy for the duo.

1993

Mary Chapin Carpenter's "Passionate Kisses" wins the best country vocal performance, female Grammy. It also gives songwriter Lucinda Williams her first win in the best country song category.

1994

Johnny Cash's career resurgence begins. His American Recordings album is named best contemporary folk album.

1995

Shania Twain's The Woman in Me wins best country album. It is her first Grammy win and her husband/ producer Mutt Lange's second.

1996

"Blue" nets best country song and gets LeAnn Rimes the best female country vocal performance Grammy. Rimes is also named best new artist.

1997

Trisha Yearwood's "How Do I Live" takes the best female country vocal performance Grammy. She also wins the best country collaboration with vocals Grammy for her duet, "In Another's Eyes," with future husband, Garth Brooks.

1998

Wide Open Spaces wins the best country album Grammy. The Dixie Chicks also take the best country vocal performance by a duo or group with vocals for "There's Your Trouble."

1999

George Jones accepts his second Grammy. "Choices" nets the distinctive voice the best male country vocal performance award.

2000

Faith Hill earns three Grammys including best country album (Breathe), best female country vocal performance and the best country collaboration with vocals for her duet with husband Tim McGraw, "Let's Make Love."

2001

Banjo legend Earl Scruggs (and friends) win the best country instrumental performance Grammy for "Foggy Mountain Breakdown." The song earned the picker his first Grammy in 1968 when he was part of Flatt & Scruggs.

2002

"Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" gives Alan Jackson his first Grammy. The lyrical reaction to 9/11 is named country song of the year.

2003

June Carter Cash takes the best female country vocal performance Grammy for the Carter family classic, "Keep on the Sunny Side." Her Wildwood Flower is also named best traditional folk album. They are her final Grammys.

2004

Loretta Lynn accepts her first Grammys in 33 years. Van Lear Rose is named best country album, and her duet with rocker Jack White, "Portland Oregon," wins best country collaboration with vocals.

2005

"You'll Think of Me," is named best male country vocal performance at the 48th annual Grammy awards. It is Keith Urban's first Grammy.

2006

The Dixie Chicks are the biggest winners of the night winning 4 Grammys -- including the all-genre categories record of the year, song of the year and album of the year.

2007

Country newcomer Taylor Swift is nominated in the all-genre best new artist category. Will she win her first Grammy? Find out on Feb. 10.