It is a big day in country music as the 2011 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees were announced this morning! Two of them just happened to be Opry members.
Opry legend Jean Shepard received the honor in the Veteran’s Era category. Jean, a trailblazer for women in country music, was among the first females to tour on her own and is responsible for hits such as “A Dear John Letter,” “The Root of All Evil (Is A Man),” and “Slippin’ Away.” She has been a member of the Opry for over 50 years and can still be seen on the Opry stage with great frequency. Upon her introduction, Jean took a moment to recognize several of her peers she hopes will join her in the Hall of Fame in future years.
The artist to be inducted in the Modern Era is another influential female Opry member and country superstar. A star of many talents, Reba McEntire has written books, starred in movies, TV, and Broadway as well as starring in and producing her very own sitcom. She even has her own clothing line. She has sold nearly 50 million records with over a dozen No. 1 hits, and she’s still hitting the top of the charts today. Reba was unable to attend today’s announcement, as she is in Oklahoma with her family after her father suffered a stroke. Reba shared in a letter read by Kix Brooks that she had been able to share with her father that she had been elected to the Hall of Fame before he became ill.
The third inductee will be in the new Songwriter category, Bobby Braddock. He has written hits such as “He Stopped Loving Her Today” for George Jones, “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” for Tammy Wynette, “Golden Ring” for Tammy and George, “Texas Tornado” and “Time Marches On” for Tracy Lawrence, ” “People Are Crazy” for Billy Currington,” and countless others.
Congratulations to all the 2011 inductees. The medallion ceremony will take place later this year.