The Judds, Ray Charles, among the 2021 inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame
Since it’s inception in 1961, the Country Music Hall of Fame has been an honour bestowed to musicians and performers who have made an undisputable contribution to the Country Music genre.
Past honourees include the talents of Gene Autry, Chet Atkins, Patsy Cline, Garth Brooks, and the presenter of the awards this year, Reba McIntyre. All in all there have been 142 names, and today 4 more have been added to the list.
The Hall of Fame inducts artists in three categories: One Modern Era (eligible for induction 20 years after reaching national prominence) and one Veterans Era (eligible for induction 40 years after first achieving national prominence) artist are selected each year, while the categories of Non-Performer, Songwriter and Recording and/or Touring Musician rotate.
Modern Era Artist – The Judds
The Judds signed to RCA Records in 1983, and from 1984 to 1989, the duo had 15 No. 1 singles, making them one of the most popular and successful country acts of the ’80s. The mother and daughter released five studio albums and nabbed many awards, including five Grammy Awards and numerous ACM Awards and CMA Awards.
Veterans Era Artist – Ray Charles
Nearly 60 years after his landmark Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music albums, Ray Charles is joining the Country Music Hall of Fame. The multi-genre icon, who died at the age of 73 in 2004, is 2021’s Veterans Era inductee.
Recording and/or Touring Musician – there was a tie this year between two artists who will be the first inducted with their particular instrument:
Eddie Bayers – Dummer
A session drummer on over 300 records including Anne Murray and George Jones, Eddie has also been a member of the Opry band for 18 years.
Pete Drake – Pedal Steele Guitar
The Pedal Steele Guitar is a fixture in the country music sound memory thanks to Pete and his work on iconic songs such as He Stopped Loving Her Today, George Jones, Stan By Your Man, Tammy Wynette, and Lay Lady Lay, Bob Dylan.