LeAnn Rimes scored her first hit at the young age of 13 and hasn’t left the spotlight since, keeping our attention with a steady stream of hits and headlines.
The singer, songwriter, actress and author opens up about the tumultuous early years, the truth behind the tabloid headlines and how she’s found peace in our 90-minute biodoc, Backstory: LeAnn Rimes, airing Sunday, April 24 at 8/7c on GAC.
For this week’s GAC Trivia Time*, take a walk down memory lane for the highs and lows of a celebrated career.
Aug 28, 1982 – LeAnn Rimes born in Jackson, Mississippi
Jul 5, 1995 – A Davidson County judge signs an order setting aside 12-year-old LeAnn Rimes’ minority status, allowing her to sign with Curb Records
Jun 4, 1996 – LeAnn Rimes’ debut single, “Blue,” appears in record stores, selling 100,000 copies its first day
Aug 13, 1996 – LeAnn Rimes, at 13, becomes the youngest nominee in CMA history
Feb 26, 1997 – LeAnn Rimes wins two trophies–Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance, for “Blue”–during the 39th annual Grammy Awards at New York’s Madison Square Garden
Aug 6, 1997 – LeAnn Rimes visits a seven-year-old girl who has been in a Reno, Nevada, hospital with a coma since she was injured in a car accident. Rimes sings “Blue” to the girl, who shows eye movement during the visit and soon returns to health
Dec 31, 1997 – LeAnn Rimes and Bryan White begin a lengthy tour together, at Minneapolis’ Target Center. The move sparks rumors of a romance, though White pooh-poohs it: “I’m 23, and she’s 15. You guys can do the math”
Jan 6, 1998 – Trisha Yearwood and LeAnn Rimes are each nominated for the Grammy for best country vocal performance by a female for their versions of “How Do I Live.” It’s the first time in Grammy history that two renditions of the same song competed against each other
Mar 22, 1999 – Elton John and LeAnn Rimes appear together on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” performing “Written In The Stars”
Nov 25, 1999 – Baptist LeAnn Rimes performs for Pope John Paul II
May 2, 2000- LeAnn Rimes sues father Wilbur Rimes and her former co-manager, Lyle Walker, in Dallas, charging they diverted more than $7 million from a company created to oversee her finances
Aug 4, 2000 – “Coyote Ugly” debuts in movie theaters, with LeAnn Rimes making an appearance. Rimes also contributes four songs to the soundtrack
Feb 1, 2001 – LeAnn Rimes posts a message on her website, saying the album “I Need You” was “made without my creative input” and “is not a reflection of me as an artist.” Curb Records issues a response, calling it “the best album that she has ever recorded”
May 25, 2001 – Several weeks after meeting during rehearsals for the Academy of Country Music Awards, LeAnn Rimes has her first date with future husband Dean Sheremet
Feb 23, 2002 – LeAnn Rimes marries dancer Dean Sheremet at the Perkins Chapel in Dallas. Her father is in attendance.
Feb 3, 2005 – LeAnn Rimes plays the first club date of her nine-year-old career, at the Roxy Theatre on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip
Mar 21, 2009 – “Nora Roberts’ Northern Lights” debuts on Lifetime Television. The movie pairs LeAnn Rimes in a romantic role with co-star Eddie Cibrian
Sep 1, 2009 – LeAnn Rimes announces on her website that she and husband Dean Sheremet are planning to divorce
Dec 27, 2010 – LeAnn Rimes announces her engagement to Eddie Cibrian via Twitter
April 22, 2011 – US Weekly magazine reports, “Rumors are swirling that Rimes, 28, and Cibrian, 37, are set to wed in a beachside ceremony this weekend.”
I remember the first time I heard “Blue” on the radio – I went out and bought the tape that very same day. (That’s right…a cassette tape!) What’s your favorite LeAnn Rimes song?
*LeAnn Rimes trivia courtesy of RolandNote.com, the ultimate country music database!