CMA Tweaks Hall of Fame Ballot Procedures and Categories
Brody Vercher | February 26th, 2009
The CMA Board of Directors approved changes to redefine the procedures and categories for inclusion into the Country Music Hall of Fame, starting with the 2010 ballots. The new “Veterans Era” category will be for professionals who have been in the industry for more than 25 45 years and combines the former “Career Achieved National Prominence Between World War II and 1975″ and “Career Achieved National Prominence Prior to World War II” categories. The “Modern Era” category will be for professionals who have between 20 and 25 years of experience been in the industry for 20 years, and they will remain eligible for this category for up to 25 years. It replaces the former annual “Career Achieved National Prominence Between 1975-Present” slot. The last slot will consist of rotating categories for “Recording and/or Touring Musicians,” “Non Performers” and “Songwriters.” Update: Wording has been changed to reflect the changes made to the CMA website.
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