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Country Weekly - 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame candidates

Country Weekly - March 21, 2016

Outside the Ballot Box

The Country Music Hall of Fame will soon announce it's 2016 inductees - and we've got a rundown of the leading candidates.

The U.S. presidential election isn't the only hotly debated contest that will be put to a vote in 2016. In the coming days, the Country Music Hall of Fame will once again elect one new member/act from each of its three categories: Modern Era, Veteran Era and Songwriter/Musician/Non-Performer (this category rotates, and this year a non-performer will be elected).

The staff at Nash Country Weekly decided to have a little fun by picking eight eligible candidates and creating their personal platforms. For the purposes of our election, we've focused our nominees on the Modern Era candidates, who are eligible for induction 20 years after they first achieve "national prominence." While there are several candidates who could also be considered Veteran Era candidates (40 years after achieving national prominence), our pool of possible candidates includes Clint Black, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, David Allan Coe, Charlie Daniels, Crystal Gayle, Mickey Gilley, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, The Judds, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Charlie Rich, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Randy Travis, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Shania Twain, Gene Watson, Keith Whitney, Hank Williams Jr. and Dwight Yoakam.

Before you cast your hypothetical vote, let our crack staff - managing editor Jim Casey, deputy editor Chris Parton and senior writers Bob Paxman and Tammy Ragusa - see if they can sway your vote. Each NCW staffer nominated two candidates, made their case and allowed 60 seconds for a rebuttal. Now, it's in the hands of more than 100 Country Music Hall of Fame electors charged with the task of selecting the next Modern Era member. And don't worry about our political affiliations, we're keeping our election clean ... and fun.

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Call me committed, but I don't care what the Nashville Establishment says. They have been anti-Shania since 1995, so what else is new. However, there seems to be some glimmer of light now for her to at least be considered for the Hall of Fame. So, about that piece Tommy has posted here:

1) Okay Chris, yeah Mutt should be given his due. After all, he was the driving force behind her in the beginning, and let's face it, she was not doing that well when he noticed her video. So agree.

2) Stay in Purgatory for a while longer Jim rather than Hall of Fame Heaven??? Really? Why? I say it's time she makes the trip.





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Country Stars Worthy of a Country Music Hall of Fame Nod

By Joel Perkins | Country Fancast | March 25, 2018

Tuesday, March 27th is a huge day for the country music world! On that day, the Country Music Association will announce the new class of country stars joining the Country Music Hall of Fame. This year’s categories include Modern Era, Veteran Era and Songwriter/Musician/Non-Performer (a category which switches annually).

Here’s a peek at twenty country stars who could earn the ‘Modern Era’ bid. Artists such as Clint Black, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Faith HIll, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Travis Tritt, Shania Twain, Hank Williams Jr. and Dwight Yoakam are all eligible after spending at least 20 years in the public spotlight. Of course all these country singers, among others, are valid candidates, but who will enter the Country Music Hall of Fame this year? Let’s take a look at some of their accomplishments and greatest moments…

Shania Twain

Ontario native Shania Twain broke a RIAA record by becoming the first female artist ever to release back-to-back-to-back records certified diamond by selling at least 10 million units a pop. “The Queen of Country Pop” earned her moniker by becoming the all-time leader in sales among female country artists with 48 million. Overall, she comes in third place in country sales behind Garth Brooks and George Strait. There’s no doubt she earned her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but will this be the years she earns a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame?


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