Best-selling nation duo of all time Brooks & Dunn, comic and singer Ray Stevens and file govt Jerry Bradley joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in a star-filled ceremony on Sunday night time that was full of tributes to their hit songs and their lasting legacies in nation music.
Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan, Trisha Yearwood, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt had been among the many visitor performers through the medallion ceremony in Nashville on the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Each inductee acquired a medallion and a plaque that might be positioned contained in the Hall of Fame rotunda.
Brooks & Dunn had been an unlikely pairing of two artists who each began out solo. Neither Kix Brooks nor Ronnie Dunn thought the partnership would final, however many years later they’re essentially the most awarded and best-selling nation duo of all time, with 19 CMA Awards, two Grammys and 25 Academy of Country Music Awards and 20 No. 1 hits. Brooks’ flamboyant nature and guitar enjoying introduced the proper counterpoint to Dunn’s stellar singing, however extra understated character.
With hits comparable to “Brand New Man,” ”Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” ”My Maria” and ”Neon Moon,” the pair stuffed arenas and bought greater than 28 million albums within the U.S. alone. They took a break in 2010, however practically a decade later, they reunited within the studio to launch new duet variations of their hits with right now’s nation stars in an album known as Reboot.
McEntire, who has been enjoying alongside Brooks & Dunn for the reason that ’90s and has an ongoing longstanding Las Vegas residency with the duo for a number of years, got here to place the medallions over their heads and joked that she thought of them her “huge brothers.”
Brooks has usually stated he by no means understood why they made such a very good pair, however it occurred instantly.
“Putting the 2 of us collectively on a Tuesday, and us writing our first two No. 1 data on a Thursday and Friday is simply bizarre,” Brooks stated.
Dunn acknowledged that he was usually over-analytical of himself and famous that even his therapist was in attendance that night time. But he stated that he tried laborious to maintain himself from getting too emotional.
“I have by no means been so proud and humble,” he stated.
The Reboot album and the induction has put them again within the highlight once more, and they’re nominated for 2 CMA Awards for duo of the 12 months and musical occasion on the CMA Awards in November.
“We had each intention of quitting, and we did for a couple of minutes,” Brooks said, “But I assume we understand now how fortunate we’re.”
Stevens, who discovered to play piano as a toddler in Clarkdale, Ga., is thought for novelty songs like “The Streak” and “Ahab the Arab,” but also the earnest and Grammy-winning “Everything Is Beautiful.” He is an all-around entertainer, who labored as a TV character, producer, a session musician and a songwriter. He at the moment nonetheless performs at his personal dinner theater in Nashville known as CabaRay.
Skaggs carried out the jazz normal “Misty,” which Stevens rearranged into a country bluegrass version that became his biggest country hit in 1975 and earned him a Grammy for arrangement. The McCrary Sisters performed a gospel version of “Everything Is Beautiful,” which introduced tears to Stevens, who was seated within the entrance row.
Stevens, 80, stated that since his induction was introduced earlier this 12 months, he stated individuals had been saying it was about time he was honored.
“Anytime is an efficient time to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame,” he said. But he joked that if the induction had come sooner, he “may have upped his reserving charges.”
Bradley got here from a legacy of Country Music Hall of Fame inductees, together with his father, producer Owen Bradley, the architect of the Nashville Sound, and his uncle Harold Bradley, a famed guitarist. Jerry Bradley turned head of RCA Nashville in 1973, succeeding Chet Akins and bringing in new artists like Alabama and Ronnie Milsap. He helped market the outlaws of nation music in a platinum-selling album known as Wanted: The Outlaws. Under his management, the careers of Dolly Parton and Charley Pride flourished.
Stuart and Tritt carried out “Good Hearted Woman,” a song made famous by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Americana star Yola gave an electrifying performance on “Jolene,” and Old Crow Medicine Show made Alabama’s “Dixieland Delight” right into a frantic bluegrass breakdown with Molly Tuttle.
“This enterprise has given me an exquisite life,” Bradley said. “I am grateful for the individuals I’ve met, the songs I’ve heard and the half I’ve performed.