Reed will be inducted in the “Veterans Era Artist” category, while Jackson will be inducted in the “Modern Era Artist” category. Schlitz will be inducted in the “Songwriter” category, which is awarded every third year in rotation with the “Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980” and “Non-Performer” categories. Reed, Jackson, and Schlitz will increase membership in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame from 130 to 133 members.
Jackson and Schlitz were on hand for the announcement. Reed, who passed away in 2008, was remembered by daughters Seidina Hubbard and Lottie Zavala.
Hosted by Hall of Fame member and 12-time CMA Awards host Vince Gill, the announcement was made in the Rotunda of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. Hall of Fame members including Alabama, Bobby Bare, Bobby Braddock, Charlie Daniels, Connie Smith, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Jo Walker-Meador attended the event.
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