NASHVILLE - The Country Music Association announced today that Bobby Braddock,
Reba McEntire, and Jean Shepard will become the newest members of the
coveted Country Music Hall of Fame.
Reba, who is known worldwide by her first name, will be inducted
in the "Modern Era Artist" category, while Shepard will be inducted
in the "Veterans Era Artist" category. Braddock is the first inductee
in the new "Songwriter" category, which is awarded every third year in a
rotation with the "Recording and/or Touring Musician" and "Non-Performer" categories.
Braddock, Reba, and Shepard will increase membership in the coveted Country
Music Hall of Fame from 112 to 115 inductees.
"We are inducting royalty this year," said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive
Officer. "Jean and Reba are two of Country Music's most revered queens, and
Bobby Braddock is a king of songwriting. All three of them refused to follow the
crowd; instead, creating their own unique paths. I cannot imagine what Country
Music would be like today without these three talented individuals and all of their
accomplishments. They each continue to inspire me with their latest performances,
albums, compositions, and productions."
"When I think of my heroes who are in the Country Music Hall of Fame, I am truly
humbled to know that I am being inducted," said Braddock. "I want to express
my gratitude to the voters who feel that I am worthy of this great honor."
"This is a huge honor for me and something I've dreamed about since I
was a little girl," said Reba. "When I was a young girl, we would take vacations
to Nashville and tour the Country Music Hall of Fame. And now, for me to
be inducted, is a dream come true."
"I have spent nearly 60 years doing something that I love, singing and promoting
Country Music, and it's wonderful to see that my efforts haven't been
in vain," said Shepard. "I am so grateful to CMA, the Country Music fans,
and those that voted for me. I am honored and privileged to be in the company
of the legendary members who came before me. I wish to thank the Hall of Fame,
all of my fans, and Country Music for allowing me and my family to enjoy this
most cherished tribute to my musical career."
Induction ceremonies for Braddock, Reba, and Shepard will take place at the Country
Music Hall of Fame and Museum later this year. Since 2007, the Museum's Medallion
Ceremony, an annual reunion of the Hall of Fame membership, has served as
the official rite of induction for new members.
"As always, the announcement of new inductees into the Country Music Hall
of Fame is a red letter day," said Kyle Young, Director, Country Music Hall
of Fame and Museum. "The 2011 class is particularly stunning, because
the careers of Bobby Braddock, Jean Shepard and Reba McEntire represent an
amazing rainbow of Country Music history. Their arc begins in Country Music's
1950s golden age, spans the remaining half of the 20th Century, and extends
into the here and now, with no end in sight. Each had the courage of
personal conviction; all created music that often spoke specifically to women,
but also transcended gender to become universal; and each leaves a unique
and indelible mark on Country Music's past, present and future."
CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 to recognize noteworthy individuals
for their outstanding contributions to the format with Country Music's highest honor.
The categories and voting process were updated in 2009, taking effect with the
2010 ballot. The current categories are:
- Modern Era - An artist becomes eligible for induction in this category 20 years after they first achieve national prominence. They will remain eligible for that category for the next 25 years. This replaced the former "Career Achieved National Prominence Between 1975 and the Present" category.
- Veterans Era - An artist becomes eligible for induction in this category 45 years after they first achieve national prominence. This category combined the former "Career Achieved National Prominence between World War II and 1975" category (which was voted on annually) and "Career Achieved National Prominence Prior to World War II" sub-category (which was voted on every third year in rotation) into one group.
- Rotating Categories - The third slot is a rotating category, with each group in the spotlight every third year. The three rotating categories are Songwriter, Recording and/or Touring Musician, and Non-Performer. The Songwriter category was created in 2009. Previously, songwriters were eligible in the Non-Performer category.
The Veterans Era and Modern Era categories have separate Nominating Committees, each
made up of 12 industry leaders who serve three-year terms. The Modern Era Nominating
Committee also oversees the Rotating Categories. Final nominations are then submitted
to two separate Panels of Electors, made up of historians and industry professionals
that have a historical perspective on Country Music. One Panel votes for both the
Modern Era and the Rotating Categories, while a second Panel votes for the
Veterans Era category. Both Panels are updated annually by the CMA Board
of Directors Awards and Recognition Committee. Individuals can serve on both
Panels. All panelists remain anonymous.
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