Photo Special: Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees

The Country Music Association announced yesterday (3/1) that Bobby Braddock, Reba McEntire, and Jean Shepard will become the newest members of the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame. The announcement was made by Kix Brooks during a private press event in the Rotunda of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Reba was unable to be present, as she remains with her family at her father’s side in an Oklahoma hospital.

Induction ceremonies for Braddock, Reba, and Shepard 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.

Photographer: John Russell / CMA

Bobby Braddock and Jean Shepard pose in the Country Music Hall of Fame's revered Rotunda after CMA announced them as 2011 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Rotunda houses the official plaques commemorating all the members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

(L-R): Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Director Kyle Young, Kix Brooks, Jean Shepard, Bobby Braddock, and CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore at yesterday's announcement.

(Left photo): At the CMA Artist Luncheon, Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman congratulates Jean Shepard. (Right photo): Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill congratulates Bobby Braddock.

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