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Reba Is New Hall Of Fame Inductee

I am happy to report that the Country Music Hall of Fame has announced the 2011 inductees.  Opry legend Jean Shepard, Songwriter Bobby Braddock, and superstar Reba McEntire are joining the elite list that line the walls of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

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Jean Shepard (Veterans Era Artist Category).  Jean first appeared on the Billboard Country Charts in 1953 with Ferlin Husky on the hit “A Dear John Letter.”  After scoring the hit ”A Satisfied Mind,” she was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry.  Jean has been a mainstay at the Opry where she still performs hits like “Second Fiddle To An Old Guitar” just about every weekend.

Bobby Braddock (Songwriter, Non-Performer Category).  Bobby has written hits like “Golden Ring” “He Stopped Loving Her Today” “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” “Time Marches On” and “People Are Crazy.”

Reba McEntire (Modern Era Artist Category).  Much like her hero and fellow hall of famer, Dolly Parton, Reba has conquered just about every form of the Entertainment arena.  Reba placed her first song on the Billboard Country Charts in 1976 with “I Don’t Want To Be A One Night Stand.”  The song began a slow steady climb to stardom.  In 1982, she scores her first Number One hit with “Can’t Even Get The Blues.”  Then, by 1986 she becomes a headliner by winning the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year Award and a Grammy Award for “Whoever’s In New England.” 

Reba continues to score hit after hit, while making successful television movies, landing big screen roles, succeeding on Broadway, launching her own television series, developing Starstruck as her own artist management and entertainment company, and creating her own brand of merchandise and clothing.  Today, Reba is the only Country artist that is in the top 40 Country Music charts that can trace her career back to the 70s.  Much like the theme song to her show, Reba is a “Survivor!”

This year’s Hall of Fame inductees will be honored during the CMA awards in November.

Who do you think should be the next Hall of Fame inductee?

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