Country Music Hall Of Fame Inducts Class Of 2015 With Medallion Ceremony
October 26, 2015 at 12:59 PM (PT)
Inductees for the 2015 class of the COUNTRY MUSIC ALL OF FAME were honored last NIGHT (10/25) during a star-studded MEDALLION CEREMONY, marking the official induction for THE OAK RIDGE BOYS, JIM ED BROWN and THE BROWNS, and GRADY MARTIN (NET NEWS 3/25).
"These men and women distinguished themselves through virtuosity, harmony, and heart," said BMI Executive and COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM Board Of Officers Trustee JODY WILLIAMS, who hosted the event. "They have made music that endures through decades. Tonight, we honor them -- respectfully, formally, and enthusiastically -- as Country music masters."
Musical tributes and surprise guests highlighted the evening's festivities, with HALL OF FAME members inducting each of the new honorees. BRENDA LEE inducted GRADY MARTIN, welcoming his son JOSHUA to the stage to accept on behalf of the family. BOBBY BARE was on-hand to formally induct JIM ED BROWN and THE BROWNS, represented by sisters BONNIE and MAXINE BROWN and JIM ED's widow BECKY. KENNY ROGERS made the formal induction for THE OAK RIDGE BOYS, and each member of the vocal group spoke about what the induction meant to him.
Spirited performances throughout the night showcased the songs that solidified each of the HALL OF FAME inductees and the hits that made them famous. MARTY STUART, VINCE GILL, the ISAACS, DIERKS BENTLEY, GARTH BROOKS, and TRISHA YEARWOOD were just a few of those to take the stage in tribute to the honorees. As always, the evening ended with a performance of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" as the HALL OF FAME members gathered at the front of the stage.