Noisemakers 2002

Noisemakers 2002, a brand new, hour-long CMT special, recounts the action-packed year in country music with big names like Kenny Chesney , Dixie Chicks , Faith Hill , Tim McGraw and Shania Twain all in the mix.

However, it wasn’t just the superstars who grabbed headlines in 2002. In fact, the year proved strong for perennial favorites like Dolly Parton , Willie Nelson and the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. George Strait and Johnny Cash celebrated milestone birthdays, while the CMT Flameworthy Awards ignited for the first time. Meanwhile, millions mourned Elvis Presley on the 25th anniversary of his death, even as they quickly snapped up copies of his latest worldwide bestseller, 30 #1 Hits.

Culled from CMT news footage and archives, Toby Keith and Alan Jackson discuss the overwhelming reactions to their proud, patriotic hits, while a true American original — Waylon Jennings — is remembered for his outlaw brand of rugged country music. The special also recognizes the accomplishments of a number of promising newcomers such as Rascal Flatts , Darryl Worley and Joe Nichols.

Noisemakers 2002, produced by the CMT News team, debuts Friday (Dec. 27) at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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