CMA Hosts Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductees For 16th Annual Artist Luncheon

Pictured: 2019 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees Jerry Bradley, Brooks & Dunn and Ray Stevens are joined by Country Music Hall of Fame members Duane Allen (Oak Ridge Boys), Ricky Skaggs and Randy Travis, as well as WSM Radio personality Bill Cody and CMA Artist members during the 16th Annual CMA Artist Luncheon at CabaRay Showroom in Nashville. Photo: Donn Jones/CMA

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.

Pictured (L-R): Bill Cody (WSM Radio personality), Ray Stevens, Jerry Bradley,
Ronnie Dunn, Kix Brooks, Sarah Trahern (CMA Chief Executive Officer) and
Jody Williams (BMI Vice President, Creative, Nashville and CMA Board Chairman). Photo: Donn Jones/CMA

Pictured: Bill Cody leads a panel featuring Ray Stevens, Ronnie Dunn, Kix Brooks and Jerry Bradley. Photo: Donn Jones/CMA



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