“We are inducting royalty this year,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Jean and Reba are two of Country Music’s most revered queens, and Bobby Braddock is a king of songwriting. All three of them refused to follow the crowd; instead, creating their own unique paths. I cannot imagine what Country Music would be like today without these three talented individuals and all of their accomplishments. They each continue to inspire me with their latest performances, albums, compositions, and productions.”
Bobby Braddock was inducted under the Songwriter Category which was created in 2009. Bobby is known for such hit songs as Tammy Wynette’s “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” and what is regarded as one of the best country music songs of all time, George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” He has also written more recent hints such as Billy Currington’s “People Are Crazy” and Toby Keith’s “I Wanna Talk About Me”
“When I think of my heroes who are in the Country Music Hall of Fame, I am truly humbled to know that I am being inducted,” said Bobby. ”I want to express my gratitude to the voters who feel that I am worthy of this great honor.”
The news of her induction to the Hall of Fame in the Modern Era Category was bittersweet for Reba. She was unable to attend the announcement because her father has suffered a stroke and is currently comatose. Kix read her prepared speech in which she expressed her gratitude for the honor. She was able to share the news with her father before he slipped into a coma.
“This is a huge honor for me and something I’ve dreamed about since I was a little girl,” said Reba of her announcement. “When I was a young girl, we would take vacations to Nashville and tour the Country Music Hall of Fame. And now, for me to be inducted, is a dream come true.”
Jean Shepard, regarded as the Grand Lady of the Opry, has been an Opry member for over 50 years and will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Veterans Era Category. She was one of the first female country music artists to tour on her own and has been performing on stage since the 1940s.
“I have spent nearly 60 years doing something that I love, singing and promoting Country Music, and it’s wonderful to see that my efforts haven’t been in vain,” said Jean. “I am so grateful to CMA, the Country Music fans, and those that voted for me. I am honored and privileged to be in the company of the legendary members who came before me. I wish to thank the Hall of Fame, all of my fans, and Country Music for allowing me and my family to enjoy this most cherished tribute to my musical career.”
Bobby, Reba, and Jean will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at a Medallion ceremony to be held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum later this year.
Incidentally, GAC will premiere Backstory: Reba McEntire, an intimate look at Reba’s life from the rodeo circuit to the Country Music Hall of Fame on Saturday at 9/8 CT. You can check out a preview from the show HERE. We’ve also got Reba’s brand new video, “If I Were A Boy,” premiering on our site today. You can check it out HERE!