Miranda Lambert, the late Johnny Cash, Steve Cropper and E.W. “Bud” Wendell were honored yesterday (Oct. 6) with stars on Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame.
Lambert is a five-time reigning CMA and six-time reigning ACM Female Vocalist of the Year and a GRAMMY winner with four Albums of the Year. Her fifth album, Platinum, debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 Album Chart and Billboard’s Country Albums Chart. Friend and fellow recording artist Dierks Bentley was on hand to honor Lambert.
Cropper has co-written some of music’s biggest classics, including “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” with friend Otis Redding. He is also an accomplished producer, working with the likes of Wilson Pickett, John Mellencamp and John Prine, and masterful guitar player, having toured with Neil Young and Jimmy Buffett. He was also an original member of the Blues Brothers Band. Cropper has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Wendell is one of Nashville’s foremost hospitality executives, having served as vice president of WSM and general manager of the Grand Ole Opry and Opryland theme park. He ultimately served as president and CEO of Gaylord Entertainment, overseeing the launch of the Nashville Network, acquisition of Country Music Television, expansion of the Opryland Hotel, renovation of the Ryman Auditorium and opening of the Wildhorse Saloon. The Country Music Hall of Fame’s Peter Cooper was in attendance to honor Wendell.
Cash is among the few artists to sell more than 90 million records. The country music icon is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has earned 17 GRAMMY awards, including in 2004 for Best Short Form Video for his cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt.” Cash’s siblings Tommy Cash and Joanne Cash Yates were on hand to honor the late singer-songwriter.
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