The Country Music Hall of Fame, as we all know, is like a holy ground for all the country music legends we’ve come to love and adore. There, we commemorate some of their greatest moments in music history either through iconic items they’ve owned, albums they released or songs they sang that moved people in more ways than one. Launched way back in 1961, it was erected in a humble setting at the Tennessee State Museum.
As such, it has been every country musician’s dream to be featured within the walls of the prestigious Country Music Hall of Fame. Some of the very lucky artists who’ve achieved such a respected status include George Jones, Hank Williams, songwriter Bobby Braddock, and pianist Hargus “Pig” Robbins.
Each year, a new list of country artists are inducted each year into the museum. The selection for which artist to feature next is decided by an anonymous group of industry leaders, with the Country Music Hall of Fame itself having no vote over who gets to be chosen next. The latest singers inducted for 2017 include Alan Jackson, Jerry Reed, Don Schiltz, Loretta Lynn, Tim McGraw, and Faith Hill.
Previous members inducted are listed below:
Uncle Dave Macon
George D. Hay
Joseph Lee Frank
Stephen H. Sholes
The Carter Family
Arthur E. Satherley
Pee Wee King
Connie B. Gay
Sons of the Pioneers
Little Jimmy Dickens
Ralph S. Peer
Flatt and Scruggs
The Duke of Paducah
Tennessee Ernie Ford
Boudleaux and Felice Bryant
Jo Walker-Meador – industry figure
- W. “Bud” Wendell
The Louvin Brothers
Homer and Jethro – performers, radio personalities
Don Law – music exec and producer
Ken Nelson – producer
Tom T. Hall
The Statler Brothers
Ernest V. “Pop” Stoneman
Charlie McCoy – harmonica player, session musician
Billy Sherrill – producer and music arranger
Jean Shepard – singer and personality
Garth Brooks –
Hargus “Pig” Robbins – piano player
Cowboy Jack Clement – songwriter and industry figure
Jim Ed Brown and the Browns
Oak Ridge Boys
In 2001, it was given a $37 million funding for renovations for providing over 10 years of service to the industry. The location for the new and improved Hall of fame and Museum for country music was just a few blocks away from Lower Broadway’s buskers and honkytonks and soon became a landmark in Nashville for its glitzy and standout piano-inspired architecture.
Which artist do you think will make it to the next list of inductees for the Country Music Hall of Fame?
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