Some of Nashville’s finest musicians, Bobby Bare, Keb’ Mo’, Connie Smith and Dierks Bentley, were inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame on Tuesday (April 5). Each artist was presented their own star in Walk of Fame park in SoBro between the Hilton and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Bare was presented his star by longtime friend, legendary producer and Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame member Buddy Cannon, and Smith by her husband and fellow Walk of Fame inductee Marty Stuart. Keb’ Mo’ was inducted by fellow Walk of Fame inductee Clint Black, and Bentley also by Stuart.
The Walk of Fame recognizes artists for their outstanding contributions to the musical history of Nashville. The artists inducted this year received the 90th, 91st, 92nd and 93rd stars on the Walk of Fame during the first ceremony in more than two years due to the pandemic.
“We are proud to bring back a Music City Walk of Fame ceremony with such a distinguished and diverse group of inductees who span various genres and eras of music,” says Ed Hardy, chairman of Music City Inc., the NCVC foundation that oversees the Music City Walk of Fame. “The individuals in the Walk of Fame remind us of Nashville’s rich history as Music City, and we congratulate the newest four members.”
This induction class joined fellow iconic musicians such as Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Jimi Hendrix and Garth Brooks. The Music City Walk of Fame originated in 2006 on Nashville’s Music Mile where the permanent sidewalk medallions with the names of inductees are displayed in a star design.
Bentley is a Grand Ole Opry member with 20 No. 1 hits who has earned multiple awards from the ACMs, CMAs and more while also collecting 14 Grammy nominations.
Keb’ Mo’ has won five Grammy Awards, including for Best Americana Album for his 2019 release, Oklahoma. He has also appeared in films and TV, as well as Visit Music City’s recent commercial: While You’ve Been Away, We’ve Been Creating.
Bare has scored nearly five dozen top 40 hits from 1962 to 1983. He won a Grammy in 1964 for “Detroit City,” and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013.
Smith, also a Country Music Hall of Famer, was dubbed by Roy Acuff as the “Sweetheart of the Grand Ole Opry.” Her “Once a Day” became the first-ever debut single by a female country act to reach No. 1, and she has been nominated for 11 Grammy Awards.
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