The Country Music Hall of Fame welcomes Jerry Reed, Don Schlitz, and Alan Jackson into its prestigious membership.
This morning, Vince Gill hosted the Country Music Hall of Fame’s big 2017-member reveal, announcing three new inductees via video live stream.
Among an audience that included current members Alabama, Brenda Lee, Connie Smith, the Oak Ridge Boys, and Charlie Daniels, legendary guitar player, actor, and singer Jerry Reed; songwriter Don Schlitz; and iconic artist Alan Jackson were welcomed to join the Hall’s prestigious 130-member roster. They’ll be joining Gill — an inductee himself in 2007 — and the likes of Garth Brooks, George Strait, Johnny Cash, Reba McEntire, and Merle Haggard. Reed was awarded the Veteran Era Artist, Schlitz ("The Gambler," "Forever and Ever, Amen") took home the Songwriter Award, and the Modern Era Award was given to Jackson.
The Country Music Association created the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 to celebrate artists who have made a significant impact in country music. Last year’s inductees included Fred Foster, Randy Travis, and Charlie Daniels.