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Alicia Keys snags 5 AMA nominations

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Jazz-pop newcomer Alicia Keys led the field Tuesday with five nominations as nominees were announced for the 29th annual American Music Awards, to be presented
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

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Merle Haggard
President Ronald and Mrs. Nancy Reagan enjoy the music of Merle Haggard during a concert at Rancho Sierra Grande. (UPI PHOTO/Larry Rubenstein/FILES)
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Merle Ronald Haggard (born April 6, 1937) is an American country music singer, guitarist, instrumentalist, and songwriter.

Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band "The Strangers" helped create the Bakersfield Sound, which is characterized by the unique twang of Fender Telecaster guitars, vocal harmonies, and a rough edge not heard on the more polished Nashville Sound recordings of the same era. By the 1970s, Haggard was aligned with the growing outlaw country movement, and has continued to release successful albums through the 1990s and into the 2000s. His songs display unflinching personal honesty about such universal themes as love, loss, patriotism, regret and redemption.

In 1997, Merle Haggard was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame for his song Okie from Muskogee.

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