The Country Music Hall of Fame

Who's in the Country Music Hall of Fame?

Country Music Hall of Fame
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It's the ultimate dream of any country musician: getting into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The lifetime award honors legendary singers like Hank Williams and George Jones as well as lesser known but equally important background players, including pianist Hargus "Pig" Robbins and songwriter Bobby Braddock.

History

The Hall of Fame was launched in 1961 in a less than lavish setting: the Tennessee State Museum where commemorative plaques of members were put on public display. The awards got a permanent home on Music Row at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 1967. 

A New Building

The Hall of Fame was given a $37 million facelift in 2001 after decades of service. Located just blocks from the honkytonks and buskers of Lower Broadway, the new Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum became a Nashville landmark with its flamboyant, piano-inspired architecture. The plaques are now displayed in the institution's museum. 

A Complete List of Hall of Fame Members

New members are inducted into to the Hall of Fame each year. They're selected by leaders in the industry who remain anonymous. The Hall of Fame itself has no vote and no voice in who is chosen. Here's the breakdown of who's been inducted since the inaugural year in 1961. It's not an automatic conclusion that someone will be inducted every year. In 1963, no one received sufficient votes so no new members were added. But in other years, notably 2001, a dozen new members were inducted because they all received enough votes. 

2016

  • Charlie Daniels 
  • Fred Foster
  • Randy Travis 

2015

  • Jim Ed Brown and the Browns
  • Grady Martin
  • Oak Ridge Boys

2014

  • Hank Cockran
  • Ronnie Milsap
  • Mac Wiseman

2013

  • Bobby Bare 
  • Kenny Rogers 
  • Cowboy Jack Clement - songwriter and industry figure

2012

2011

  • Reba McEntire  
  • Bobby Braddock  
  • Jean Shepard - singer and personality

2010

  • Don Williams  
  • Jimmy Dean  
  • Ferlin Husky  
  • Billy Sherrill - producer and music arranger

2009

  • Roy Clark 
  • Barbara Mandrell 
  • Charlie McCoy - harmonica player, session musician

2008

  • Emmylou Harris 
  • Tom T. Hall  
  • The Statler Brothers  
  • Ernest V. "Pop" Stoneman 

2007

  • Vince Gill  
  • Ralph Emery  
  • Mel Tillis 

2006

2005

  • Alabama 
  • Glen Campbell 
  • DeFord Bailey

2004

  • Kris Kristofferson
  • Jim Foglesong 

2003

  • Floyd Cramer 
  • Carl Smith 

2002

2001

  • Waylon Jennings 
  • The Louvin Brothers 
  • Webb Pierce 
  • Everly Brothers 
  • Don Gibson 
  • Sam Phillips
  • Delmore Brothers
  • Bill Anderson 
  • Homer and Jethro - performers, radio personalities
  • Don Law - music exec and producer
  • Ken Nelson - producer
  • The Jordanaires 

2000

  • Charley Pride
  • Faron Young 

1999

1998

  • Elvis Presley 
  • Tammy Wynette 
  • George Morgan 
  • E. W. "Bud" Wendell 

1997

  • Brenda Lee 
  • Harlan Howard
  • Cindy Walker 

1996

1995

  • Roger Miller 
  • Jo Walker-Meador - industry figure

1994

1993

  • Willie Nelson

1992

  • George Jones
  • Frances Preston

1991

  • Boudleaux and Felice Bryant

1990

  • Tennessee Ernie Ford

1989

  • Hank Thompson
  • Jack Stapp
  • Cliffie Stone

1988

1987

  • Rod Brasfield

1986

  • Wesley Rose
  • The Duke of Paducah

1985

  • Flatt and Scruggs

1984

  • Floyd Tillman
  • Ralph S. Peer

1983

  • Little Jimmy Dickens

1982

  • Lefty Frizzell
  • Marty Robbins
  • Roy Horton

1981

  • Vernon Dalhart
  • Grant Turner

1980

  • Johnny Cash
  • Connie B. Gay
  • Sons of the Pioneers

1979

  • Hank Snow
  • Hubert Long

1978

  • Grandpa Jones

1977

  • Merle Travis

1976

  • Kitty Wells
  • Paul Cohen

1975

  • Minnie Pearl

1974

  • Pee Wee King
  • Owen Bradley

1973

  • Patsy Cline
  • Chet Atkins

1972

  • Jimmie Davis

1971

  • Arthur E. Satherley

1970

  • The Carter Family
  • Bill Monroe

1969

  • Gene Autry

1968

  • Bob Wills

1967

  • Red Foley
  • Jim Reeves
  • Joseph Lee Frank
  • Stephen H. Sholes

1966

1965

1964

  • Tex Ritter

1963

  • No artists inducted

1962

  • Roy Acuff

1961