Connie Smith To Be Inducted Into The Country Music Hall Of Fame
|This appeared on The Neshoba Democrat - March 7, 2012|
Connie Smith, wife of Country Music Star and Neshoba County native Marty Stuart, will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year.
The Country Music Association announced that Smith, Garth Brooks and Hargus "Pig" Robbins will become the newest members of the coveted Hall of Fame.
Brooks will be inducted in the "Modern Era Artist" category, while Smith will be inducted in the "Veterans Era Artist" category. Robbins will be inducted in the "Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980" category, which is awarded every third year in a rotation with the "Non-Performer" and "Songwriter" categories.
Brooks, Robbins, and Smith will increase membership in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame from 115 to 118 inductees.
"There are great artists and talents, and then there are Connie, 'Pig,' and Garth," said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "Connie has been one of the most celebrated female voices in music for more than 45 years, setting a golden standard for the thousands of female vocalists who came after her.
"I've had the privilege of participating in several Hall of Fame inductions," said Smith. "They were all very special. But now to become a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame myself is an honor for me and my family. So touching, it's difficult to find the words to express my gratitude."
Induction ceremonies for Brooks, Robbins, and Smith will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum later this year. Since 2007, the Museum's Medallion Ceremony, an annual reunion of the Hall of Fame membership, has served as the official rite of induction for new members.
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