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Little Big Town’s journey to becoming one of the most important vocal groups in country music has been a long one. Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet first got together in 1998, and scored a record deal with Mercury Nashville. That deal yielded no singles or albums, though, and a subsequent deal with Monument failed to gain the band much recognition for their self-titled debut album. It wasn’t until Clint Black’s label, Equity Records, released their second album, ‘The Road to Here,’ in 2005 that they broke through at country radio with songs like ‘Boondocks’ and ‘Bring It on Home.’ 2007’s ‘A Place to Land’ saw them jump to Capitol Records, where they scored another huge hit, ‘Little White Church,’ from their fourth album. The foursome scored the breakthrough of a lifetime with ‘Pontoon’, the lead single from their fifth album, ‘Tornado,’ which became their first No. 1 hit and landed them a Grammy award. Always looking to experiment with their sound, the group hit No. 2 on the charts with ‘Day Drinking,’ the first single from their most recent album, ‘Pain Killer.’ Little Big Town have also weathered an unusual series of personal ups and downs — Schlapman’s first husband, Steven Rhoads, passed away in 2005, and after Fairchild’s divorce, she and Westbrook married in 2006.

  • Founding Date: 1998 in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Top Songs: 'Pontoon,' 'Day Drinking,' 'Little White Church'
  • Did You Know? Little Big Town's very first public performance took place at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Further Reading: Top 10 Little Big Town Songs
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Little Big Town to Perform at the 2016 Grammy Awards

Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” is up for two Grammy awards, and the band’s album is nominated for another, so it’s no surprise they’ll perform at the Feb. 15 ceremony.

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Girl Crushes: 10 Songs by Female Artists That Left a Mark in 2015

2015 will go down in the country music history books as the year that women took back their power in country music.

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Top Songs of 2015

This Top 10 Songs of 2015 list represents a group of artists who defined country music in 2015: underdogs.

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Remember When Rascal Flatts Were Little Big Town Members?

Before Rascal Flatts became an award-winning trio with a slew of awards and No. 1 hits, the band members were singing a different tune. Rascal Flatts members Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney actually both served stints in Little Big Town.

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Luke Bryan Releases Interactive 360 Lyric Video for ‘Home Alone Tonight’

Fans can look all around the barroom setting for Luke Bryan's new lyric video for "Home Alone Tonight," his duet with Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild. The 360 video allows you to move the camera angle to see every lyric, bar stool and television screen.

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2016 Grammy Awards Predictions

It's actually not that difficult to predict winners in the 2016 Grammy Awards country categories. Several trends make at least one artist a sure thing, which means we're sure to be wrong.

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2016 Grammy Nominees Announced

Little Big Town and Chris Stapleton will be country's most nominated artists at the 2016 Grammy Awards in February. Both scored all-genre nominations in addition to nominations for Best Country Album and Best Country Song.

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Leona Lewis and Adam Lambert Sing ‘Girl Crush’ at CMT Artists of the Year

Little Big Town have had a big year with their song “Girl Crush,” so much so that the tune was performed at the CMT Artists of the Year show — but not by the band.

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Country Newcomers, Legends Honored at 2015 CMT Artists of the Year — See Pics!

The 2015 CMT Artists of the Year Award show was a star-studded event in Nashville on Wednesday night (Dec. 2), during which country legends and country newcomers alike were honored at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

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Little Big Town Dedicate CMT Artists of the Year Award to Jimi Westbrook’s Sister

This week is a tough one for Little Big Town, as Jimi Westbrook's sister passed away from cancer on Sunday (Nov. 29). During Tuesday's CMT Artists of the Year Awards, bandmates Kimberly Schlapman and Phillip Sweet were in attendance to accept the award.

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