Charlie Daniels, Fred Foster and Randy Travis Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame Read more: Charlie Daniels, Fred Foster and Randy Travis Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame

unnamed 1Three visionary iconoclasts, whose creative skills altered the direction of commercial country music, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during a star-studded, profoundly emotional Medallion Ceremony on October 16, 2016.

Country rock pioneer Charlie Daniels; music producer, publisher and Monument Records founder Fred Foster; and neo-traditional singer Randy Travis were feted with heartfelt testimonials, tearful speeches and memorable performances of songs they helped make famous. The artists paying tribute crossed generations and styles, underscoring the eclectic nature and groundbreaking stature of the three men being inducted.

As different as the honorees’ music and backgrounds are, the night’s speakers repeatedly pointed out that they all emerged from the state of North Carolina. “These three Tar Heels came to Tennessee and created music that enriched our lives and enhanced our culture,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “We are better for their presence and for their talents, and we are proud to hang their plaques in the Hall of Fame Rotunda.”

The annual Medallion Ceremony, held in the museum’s CMA Theater, pays tribute to the inductees by celebrating their stories with speeches, live musical tributes and original video biographies that draw on historic photos, interviews and performances culled from materials lovingly collected, stored and digitized in the museum’s Frist Library and Archives. The ceremony conveys the unique talents, personalities, histories and stories of each new Hall of Fame member and highlights why each inductee deserves the prestigious honor.

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