The Country Music Association hosted its 16th Annual Artist Luncheon yesterday afternoon (Sept. 16) featuring a panel of the Country Music Hall of Fame Class of 2019 inductees—Jerry Bradley, Brooks & Dunn and Ray Stevens.
The panel was hosted by WSM radio personality Bill Cody at Stevens’ CabaRay Showroom in Nashville, and members of the trade association were invited to the lunch to hear first-hand about each inductee’s journey to the Hall of Fame.
As previously announced, Bradley will be inducted in the Non-Performer category, which is awarded every third year in rotation with the Recording and/or Touring Musician and Songwriter categories. Brooks & Dunn are being inducted in the Modern Era Artist category, and Stevens will be inducted in the Veterans Era Artist category. The formal induction ceremony will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame in October.
CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 to recognize noteworthy individuals for their outstanding contributions to the format with Country Music’s highest honor.