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Tex Ritter paved the way for Country Music recognition at the Oscars back in 1952, when he won Best Original Song for “The Battle of High Noon.”

Here are 7 other times when Country Music hit the Red Carpet at the Academy awards:

1. Dolly Parton received her first Oscar nod back in 1980 with her classic “Nine to Five.”

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2.That same year Dolly’s pal Willie Nelson was also nominated for his iconic song “On The Road Again.”

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3. In 1997 Trisha Yearwood’s “How Do I Live” which was on the Con Air soundtrack, received a nod.

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4. Ryan Bingham and T. Bone Burnett captured the award in 2005 for the song “The Weary Kind” from the film Crazy Heart.

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5. In 2006 Dolly Parton was nominated once again for “Travelin’ Thru” featured in the film TransAmerica.

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6. Gwyneth Paltrow’s “Coming Home” from Country Strong scored a nomination in 2011.

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7.  And this year, Glen Campbell, the Rhinestone Cowboy scored a nomination for “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” featured in his documentary titled Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me, based on his journey with his Alzheimer’s Disease. Will Country Music take home the Oscar this year? We’ll have to wait and see!

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Although Carrie Underwood is projected to have the biggest country music album next month on December 9, she wont be the only one releasing new music.

Tracy Lawrence’s ‘‘Greatest Hits: Evolution’ and Willie Nelson’s ‘December Day: Willie’s Stash, Vol. 1′ will go head to head on December 2. Nelson will be collaborating  with sister Bobbie.

We all know Carrie will take the cake when it comes to sales. But will Willie, or Tracy come on top (beneath Carrie that is)? Who will have a bigger release? In any regard, we’re happy that the older guys can still hang. This just goes to show you that Country Music will always stay Country.

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