Brooks & Dunn to Be Inducted Into Country Music Hall of Fame
Brooks & Dunn are among three acts being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this year. Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks were on hand to accept the honor during a ceremony hosted by radio veteran and Grand Ole Opry announcer Bill Cody at the Hall of Fame on Monday (March 18).
Brooks & Dunn were announced in the category of Modern Era Artist, while Ray Stevens was named to the Veterans Era Artist and Jerry Bradley as the Non-Performer.
"The fact that we would be in the Hall of Fame, that's just not something that you think about," Brooks said after a few comments from Dunn. "The faces on this wall I will never consider my peers ... I idolize them." Both men were clearly humbled by the honor.
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"Thanks so much for believing in us, because we didn't really believe in each other," Brooks added.
The men accepted the honor from museum's rotunda, surrounded by bronze plaques recognizing the many icons who've also been inducted into the hallowed institution including George Strait, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Charley Pride and Dolly Parton.
Induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame is one of the industry's highest honors, with the tradition beginning in 1961. Each year, new acts are selected by an anonymous team of industry personnel appointed by the Country Music Association. Brooks & Dunn follow in the footsteps of recent inductees Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Dottie West, Ricky Skaggs and more. The official induction, known as a Medallion Ceremony, will take place in October.
Brooks & Dunn are releasing an album called Reboot of hits reimagined with contemporary artists on April 5. The duo will also be playing the Taste of Country Music Festival in Hunter, N.Y. in June, and WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minn. in August.
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