Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) has announced legendary country music artist Barbara Mandrell as the 2023 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award recipient. Mandrell will be honored during the Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on July 10 at the Virgin Hotel Nashville.
The CRB Artist Career Achievement Award is presented to an individual artist or act who has made a significant contribution to the development and promotion of country radio and country music through their leadership, engagement, and creativity. Past recipients include Trisha Yearwood, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Vince Gill, Randy Travis, George Strait and The Judds, among others.
The Texas native’s exceptional music talents were evident with her early adoption of the accordion and steel guitar, which caught the attention of Joe Maphis. She joined Maphis’ show in Las Vegas before touring with The Johnny Cash Show and her family band. After her marriage in 1967, Mandrell returned to the stage as a solo artist, and went on to become one of the most-awarded country acts in history. She also had a celebrated television career with the NBC variety show Barbara Mandrell & the Mandrell Sisters.
Mandrell officially retired from the music industry in 1997 and has since been inducted into multiple halls of fame for her remarkable career.
“We are honored to present the Artist Career Achievement Award to Barbara Mandrell, a true icon in the music industry. Her incredible talent, dedication and passion have inspired generations of artists and fans alike. It is a privilege to recognize her outstanding contributions and celebrate her remarkable career,” says CRB/CRS Board President Kurt Johnson.
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