Country music history from the year you were born | Entertainment
In 2020, country music has missed many of the stadium shows and packed tours that are often synonymous with the genre, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, its influence on American pop culture has held—look no further than the 54th Annual CMA Awards, which were held in November of 2020 to celebrate the best in the business.
Over the past century, the genre has become one of the most popular and recognizable within the American music industry. It first originated in the early 1900s, particularly among working-class Southern Americans. Elements of fiddle songs, ballads, banjo, jazz, and blues became entangled together, leading to its official recognition as a genre (often referred to as “hillbilly music”) by the 1920s.
From there, country music grew…