Three country legends provided poignant headlines this week. George Strait made a stunning announcement on Wednesday, while Reba McEntire revealed on Thursday that she too is giving up a major part of her career up for good. Meanwhile, Loretta Lynn was honored for 50 years of service at the Grand Ole Opry, and the stars came out to celebrate. 

Carrie Underwood began the week by giving a 12-year-old boy a moment he'll never forget, while Taylor Swift released the next hit song from her 'Red' album. 'Begin Again' has been embraced by country music fans, especially those who didn't care for 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.'

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