Monday, May 23, 2011
– Bobby Braddock, Reba McEntire, and Jean Shepard were officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame Sunday during the Medallion Ceremony.
McEntire was able to make the induction. She was not available for the announcement because she had to rush to her father's bedside in Oklahoma because he was very sick.
Shepard and McEntire were singers from Oklahoma and McEntire paid homage to Shepard, according to a report in the Tennessean. "Jean Shepard did so much for women in country music," McEntire said. "I'm honored to be going into the Hall of Fame with her."
"There've been a lot of changes in country music," Shepard said. "I love some of them. I love Reba."
Braddock is known as a songwriter, including He Stopped Loving Her Today and D-I-V-O-R-C-E and People Are Crazy.
The Country Music Association created the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 to recognize noteworthy individuals for their outstanding contributions to the format.
The event was held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. Among those attending were George Jones, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Bill Anderson and Elizabeth Cook.