Charlie Daniels, Fred Foster, and Randy Travis were formally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame Sunday night during the annual Medallion Ceremony at the CMA Theater at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville.
Daniels was inducted in the “Veterans Era Artist” category, while Travis was inducted in the “Modern Era Artist” category. Foster was inducted in the “Non-Performer” category, which is awarded every third year in a rotation with the “Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980” and “Songwriter” categories.
The memorable evening included musical tributes to each inductee with performances by Trace Adkins, Garth Brooks, Brandy Clark, Alan Jackson, Jamey Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, and Trisha Yearwood.
Singing publicly for the first time in several years due to health conditions, Travis moved the audience to tears with “Amazing Grace.” He was then joined onstage by fellow Hall of Fame members to conclude the ceremony with a stirring rendition of “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.”
The new inductees increase membership in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame from 127 to 130 members.
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 annual selection and induction process for the Country Music Hall of Fame is conducted by CMA and voted on by a CMA-member panel of electors.
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