It was a big weekend of celebrating as the Country Music Hall of Fame welcomed its newest members—Brooks and Dunn, Ray Stevens and Jerry Bradley.
The star-studded Medallion Ceremony honored each of the Hall’s new members with tributes and performances, many of them surprises for the new members and guests alike.
Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn have not only earned trophies from every major music award show, but are also the best-selling duo in country music history. Not too shabby for a duo who was introduced to each other by the man who ran what became their first record label home. Although they retired in 2010, fan demand and their own love of performing brought them back to the stage for a run of shows in Las Vegas with longtime pal, Reba McEntire, as well as a show at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
The pair was honored by Brothers Osborne, who sang their first number-one, “Brand New Man,” while Luke Bryan performed one of their more recent chart-toppers, “Red Dirt Road.” Trisha Yearwood also came out to celebrate her friends with a stirring rendition of the duo’s incredibly poignant, “Believe.”
Ray Stevens, often known for his more comedic material like “The Streak” and “Ahab the Arab,” was also honored at the exclusive event with performances from Ricky Skaggs, Justin Moses, Keith Bilbrey, James Gregory and the McCrary Sisters..
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Jerry Bradley is best known for running RCA Records during one of their most successful periods from 1973 to 1982. He was honored by Marty Stuart, Travis Tritt, Yola, Old Crow Medicine Show, Molly Tuttle and Jerry Pendergrast with selections that came from his tenure with the record label.
Congratulations go out to all of the honorees at this year’s event.