Bill Anderson will receive yet another accolade in his storied career next year when he is honored with the 2024 Dr. David Godbold Lifetime Achievement Award by the South Carolina Entertainment & Music Hall of Fame.
The Country Music Hall of Fame member, Songwriters Hall of Fame member and award-winning entertainment titan was initially inducted by the organization in 1994, and will be the first Lifetime Achievement Award recipient honored at the event on April 25, 2024. Anderson was born in Columbia, South Carolina and lived there for the first eight years of his life until moving to Georgia.
“My Carolina roots run deep. The first country music I ever heard was broadcast over radio station WIS in Columbia, and the first time I ever saw a country band perform in person was in their studios,” recalls Anderson. “My first musical heroes were local entertainers named Byron Parker and Snuffy Jenkins. I am truly humbled to be the first artist to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the South Carolina Entertainment & Music Hall of Fame, and I thank the Board of Directors for their unanimous vote. This is a tremendous honor. I hope to be there to accept it in person.”
The Dr. David Godbold Lifetime Achievement Award carries the name of the founder of the South Carolina Entertainment & Music Hall of Fame, and was created to recognize a previously-inducted artist who has achieved significant national success in the field of music and/or entertainment, and through their creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance shines a positive light on the state of South Carolina.
“The South Carolina Entertainment & Music Hall of Fame voted unanimously to award Bill Anderson as the first artist recipient of the Dr. David Godbold Lifetime Achievement Award. We are thrilled to celebrate this award with Bill because of his lifetime contribution to the millions of country music fans around the world. He truly exemplifies the intent of this award through his work in country music as a singer, songwriter, television host and author. He is an extraordinary man with exceptional talent and has made a tremendous impact on South Carolina as well as so many people around the world,” says Roy Costner, Vice Chairman of the South Carolina Entertainment & Music Hall of Fame.
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