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(AP) CMT to Do Special on Maines-Keith Spat

That off-again, on-again battle between the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines and Toby Keith gets to be news on Friday night. CMT News will explore the public battle between the two, on a special titled "Natalie Versus Toby: Both Sides of the War."

A CMT spokeswoman says they'll show exclusive interview footage, photographs and news coverage of the issue's impact on country music and Americans taking sides.

The feud began in 2002, when Maines criticized Keith's song "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue," but it escalated when Keith displayed a doctored photograph at his concerts, of Maines with Saddam Hussein.

Then Maines appeared at the 2003 ACM Awards, wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the letters "FUTK," which she says stands for "Freedom, Understanding, Tolerance and Knowledge."

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