Alan Jackson has waited a long time for this news. Finally, Alan is headed for the Country Music Hall of Fame. The latest HOF class has just been revealed and Alan, a three-time CMA Entertainer of the Year winner with more than 30 number one singles, got the nod in the Modern Artist category.
Alan is from the class of 1989, a big year for new country stars including Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Toby Keith, Travis Tritt and many more. It's the same year future country star Taylor Swift was born and the year WRWD first signed on the air playing country music in the Hudson Valley.
Alan said he was “honored” to be chosen for the HOF, and joked that hearing he was getting in as a Modern Artist “was the biggest honor I’ve heard in a long time.”
The late Jerry Reed, who died in 2008, got the nod in the Veteran Era Artist field. He’s best known for such songs as “The Claw," "Guitar Man" and "When You're Hot, You're Hot,” as well as “East Bound and Down,” which he recorded for “Smokey and the Bandit,” a film he appeared in.
Finally, songwriter Don Schlitz, who penned Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler” and Randy Travis’ “Forever and Ever Amen,” among other tunes, will be inducted for his songwriting.
This year’s Country Music Hall of Fame induction will take place later in year. Check out the announcement below.
Source: Country Music Hall of Fame