The CMA Gypped These Country Stars by Not Inducting Them into Hall of Fame

By C. Murph | Monday Monday Staff -    2016-10-05

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The best way to honor a country musician is probably with a Hall of Fame nomination. 

To be named alongside Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, and Reba McEntire is the same as a kid going to Disney World. Mind blown.  

Some stars, however, have not gotten the call that they’d be inducted into this group of greats, even though they deserve to be. 

The Country Music Association started the Country Music Hall of Fame back in 1961. The purpose of it was to “recognize significant contributions to the advancement of country music by individuals in both the creative and business communities,” as their website reads.

If you look through the list of inductees, you’ll notice some prominent names not on that list — names that should be listed but aren’t. Here are 10 artists that the CMA has, so far, ignored when it comes to the Hall of Fame.

Clint Black

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Black barged into the country scene with his first album, “Killin’ Time.” From it came five No. 1 singles in a row. He had insisted that he write all of his own songs until 2007, with 22 of his singles climb to the top of the Billboard country charts.

Brooks & Dunn

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Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn came out with their first album in ’91, and four singles from that album hit the top spot on charts. They’ve garnered over 80 awards, including 27 ACM Awards — the record for the most ACM awards in history.

Rosanne Cash

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Her name shouldn’t earn her a spot in the Hall of Fame — her work should. She’s become well-known in not just country, but also Americana, folk, pop, and blues. She had 12 No. 1 singled, four Grammy Awards, and many other awards. In fact, her most recent album, “The River and the Thread,” collected three Grammys. Get it, girl.

John Denver

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Denver’s song “Take Me Home, Country Roads” was one of the three songs that made up “Forever Country,” a song made in honor of the CMA’s 50th anniversary. He sold 33 million albums, earned awards up awards, and an induction the Songwriters Hall of Fame. If he doesn’t get into the Country Music Hall of Fame, then I don’t even know what’s real anymore.

Alan Jackson

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Since his first album in 1989, Jackson released so many hit songs, including “I’d Love You All Over Again” and “There Goes.” He’s sold nearly 60 million albums and had 35 No. 1 hits. The Georgia Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame have both inducted Jackon. C’mon, CMA — it’s your turn.

Hank Williams Jr.

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One of the first Hall of Famers was his daddy, but Junior can still hold his own. He got into the game by singing his father’s songs in the 60s and 70s, but he has since earned numerous Grammys, ACM, and CMA nominations as well as becoming a BMI icon.

Who else do you think should be on this list?




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C. Murph

C. Murph is a freelance writer who lives in Pennsylvania.

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