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Chalk up another major award -- the Juno -- for mega-star Shania Twain. She was named Artist of the Year for 2003 at the Canadian version of the Grammys in the capital city of Ottawa.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

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Gail Davies born in Broken Bow, Okla., 1948. Steve Gatlin born in Olney, Texas, 1951.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

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Lefty Frizzell born in Corsicana, Texas, 1928. Anita Carter born in Maces Springs, Va., 1933.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

People

If only for his mercurial style and speaking voice, the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan will be remembered as unique.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Country Music News

Tex Williams records Capitol Records' first million-seller, "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette," 1947. Eddy Arnold's Top 5 single, "What A Fool I Was," is charted, 1948.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

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Johnny Cash records "I Got Stripes" and "Five Feet High And Rising," 1959. "Little Green Apples" wins Grammy for Best Country Song, 1969.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

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Country broadcaster Ralph Emery born in McEwen, Tenn., 1933. James Brown makes guest appearance on Grand Ole Opry, 1979.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

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Townes Van Zandt born in Fort Worth, Texas, 1944. Jack Anglin of Johnnie & Jack killed in auto crash enroute to Patsy Cline's memorial service, 1963.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

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Johnny Cash born near Kingsland, Ark., 1932. Paul Cotton, guitarist for Poco, born, 1943
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

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Mary-Chapin Carpenter born in Princeton, N.J., 1958. Hank Williams' No. 1 single "Kaw-Liga" is charted 1953.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

Performers competing against themselves

The Grammy Awards usually pit artist against artist, band against band. But this year, several Grammy categories pit performers against themselves.
GARY GRAFF

People

Fox Network has won the bidding in "selling" Michael Jackson time to rebut accusations made in that recent British documentary.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Country Music News

Tennessee Ernie Ford born in Bristol, Tenn., 1919. Jim McReynolds of Jim & Jesse born in Coeburn, Va., 1927.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

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Gene Autry's Top 5 single "Gonna Build A Big Fence Around Texas" is charted, 1945. Ernest Tubb records Top 5 single "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed," 1947.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

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Richie McDonald of Lonestar born in Lubbock, Texas, 1962. Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn's single "After The Fire Is Gone" debuts on charts, 1971.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International
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Shania Twain (R) presents Kenny Chesney the Entertainer of the Year award at the 42nd annual Country Music Association (CMA) awards in Nashville, Tennessee on November 12, 2008. (UPI Photo/John Sommers II)
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Shania Twain, OC ( /ʃəˈnaɪ.ə ˈtweɪn/; born Eilleen Regina Edwards; August 28, 1965) is a Canadian country pop singer-songwriter. She rose to fame in the mid 1990s with her album The Woman in Me (1995), and achieved worldwide success with her 1997 album Come On Over, which became the best-selling album of all time by a female musician in any genre, and the best-selling country album of all time. It has sold over 40 million copies worldwide and is the 9th best-selling album in the U.S. Her 4th album, titled Up! was released late 2002. To date it has sold 20 million copies worldwide.

A five-time Grammy Award winner, Twain has also achieved major success as a songwriter, winning 27 BMI Songwriter awards. Twain has had three albums certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America and is the second best-selling artist in Canada, behind fellow Canadian Céline Dion, with three of her studio albums being certified double diamond by the Canadian Recording Industry Association. Sometimes referred to as the "The Queen of Country", Twain has sold over 80 million albums worldwide, and is ranked as the 10th best-selling artist of the Nielsen SoundScan era. She was also ranked the 72nd Artist of the 2000–10 decade by Billboard. Most recently, Twain will have her own series, Why Not? with Shania Twain, that premiered on the OWN on May 8, 2011. She received a coveted star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 2, 2011 in recognition of her star-studded career.

Shania Twain was born Eilleen Regina Edwards in Windsor, Ontario, daughter of Sharon (née Morrison) and Clarence Edwards. Her parents divorced when she was two and her mother then moved to Timmins, Ontario with Eilleen and her sisters Jill and Carrie Ann. Sharon married Jerry Twain, an Ojibwa, and they had a son together, Mark. Jerry adopted the girls, legally changing their last name to Twain. When Mark was still in diapers, the Twains adopted Jerry's baby nephew, Darryl, after Darryl's mother passed away. Because of her connection to her stepfather, in the past, people had presumed Twain's ancestry was Ojibwa, but she stated in an interview that her biological father was part Cree. Through her maternal grandfather, she is a descendant of Zacharie Cloutier. Her maternal grandmother, Eileen Pearce, emigrated from Newbridge, Kildare, Ireland.

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