Country Music Hall of Fame to Reveal 2011 Inductees Live via Ustream (9:30 AM/CST) (Updated)

Staff | March 1st, 2011

hof-inductee-logo The Country Music Hall of Fame induction announcement is typically a private press affair, and this year is no different, except for the first time ever, the general public can watch via Ustream as the 2011 honorees are revealed. The event, hosted by Kix Brooks, is scheduled for later this morning, 9:30 AM/CST to be precise, and can be watched at In the meantime, revisit Paul W. Dennis’ piece on who he thinks should be inducted next.

Updated to include inductees.

2011 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Songwriter (New category)
    Bobby Braddock

  • Veteran’s Era
    Jean Shepard

  • Modern Era
    Reba McEntire

That’s it, folks. How do you feel about this year’s class?

  1. numberonecountryfan
    March 1, 2011 at 9:55 am

    It’s about time for Reba McEntire!

  2. Kristina (Cakiea)
    March 1, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Glad to see Jean Shepard get in. Kind of eh about Reba, but she deserves it.

  3. Waynoe
    March 1, 2011 at 10:09 am

    No Connie Smith?

  4. RMFAN
    March 1, 2011 at 10:18 am

    How is it that Ronnie Milsap hasn’t been inducted yet, what more needs to be said?

  5. Mike K
    March 1, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Congrats to Bobby Braddock. I bet the folks down in ol’ “Orburndale” are mighty proud.

  6. Ben Foster
    March 1, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I’d love to see Connie Smith inducted, but I’m still happy for Jean and Reba. I always enjoy hearing Jean Shepard perform on the Opry. Glad to see Reba recognized as well, but it would be nice if she were more on top of her game artistically at the time of her induction.

  7. Barry Mazor
    March 1, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Here’s what more needs to be said: This is the time when it’s right to talk about the great talents who DID just get in, not the many others still clearly in line. What happens when those DO get there? Grousing about who ELSE isn’t!

    I take these terrific yeses for an answer.

  8. David B
    March 1, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Jean Shepard!!! Finally….This should have came to her some 10 to 15 years ago. Now let’s move on to Connie Smith, The Browns and Bobby Bare.

    Reba was due for her category. Kenny Rogers & Ronnie Milsap next.

    Songwriter, I was shocked. I figured it would have been Dallas Frazier or Hank Cochran. Braddock is a great writer. Let’s face it “He Stopped Loving Her Today” is possibly the greatest country song ever. But take that away…… I would have put Frazier and Cochran in first.

  9. Barry Mazor
    March 1, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Truthfully, finally, finally getting the so deserving Jean Shepoard in there probably helps clear the way for Connie before long, because they’ve likely been splitting a lot of votes in that category.

    (For a recent example of what I mean, it seemed like Kristofferson , Tom T. Hall and Mel Tillis were in the same situation–similar voting backers, similar times to come up. When one finally got in, the others soon followed.)

  10. Waynoe
    March 1, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Jean Shepard was long overdue – no arguement there.

  11. Occasional Hope
    March 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    All three are very worthy choices.

  12. Razor X
    March 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I agree; all three of these individuals are more than deserving of inclusion in the Hall of Fame.

  13. scott
    March 1, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Reba has earned her place in the Hall of Fame a hundred time over, it’s nice to see someone being inducted into the Hall of Fame still at the top of their game. Reba’s father recently has a stroke and is in a coma, please leave your best thoughts and prayers.

  14. TXmusicjim
    March 1, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    No problem with any of these picks. Connie will get in no doubt.

  15. J.R. Journey
    March 1, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I’m glad to see Reba joining with a great class like this. Jean Shepard is a treaure, and long overdue, and Bobby Braddock is one of the great songwriters of all-time. Excellent choices.

  16. Tarheel
    March 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    They missed the best entertainer, singer, artist and musician in the world AGAIN!!! RONNIE MILSAP!!! Nuff said!!

  17. johnny
    March 1, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I knew it!!! Reba and Jean got in.ALL RIGHT.But Bobby Braddock? That’s a surprise.What? No Hank JR.? No Wilburn Bros.? No Stanley Bros.? No Dottie West? DAMN.Well there’s always next year.Who is going in next year?

  18. Code
    March 1, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    FINALLY, IT’S ABOUT TIME, Reba totally deserves to be inducted

  19. Barry Mazor
    March 1, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    See Johnny, there are these things called categories..somebody brought it up here the other days. One veteran, one modern artist, one songwriter this year. That;s it. And these are the winners.,

    What. No (fill in blankl)…..!

  20. Paul W Dennis
    March 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Worthy inductees all, although Bobby Braddock would have been behind a few other songwriters. I think the interesting and successful books he authored in recent years elevated his profile considerably

  21. Barry Mazor
    March 1, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Another thing with Bobby Braddock is that virtually everybody who knows the guy–and that’s a lot of people–loves the guy. That never hurts. Also, he keeps on scoring; everybody mentions, of course, “He Stopped Loving Her” and “D-I-V-O-R-C-=E” and “Golden Ring” and “We’re Not the Jet Set”..but he’s also the writer on “Would You Catch a Falling Star” and “I Wanna Talk About Me’ and “Big Red” and a key early supporter and producer for Blake Shelton..

  22. Kari
    March 1, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    THRILLED for Jean Shepard. She completely deserves this honor. What a lady.

  23. Rick
    March 1, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Well, I would have preferred Rose Maddox in the “Veteran’s Era” category, but since she was a big influence on fellow Bakersfield sound pioneer Jeannie Shepard, I guess I’m okay with that.

    If they would have created a “Most Overblown Vocal Style” category, then Reba would have been a shoo in for that as well!

  24. scott
    March 1, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    It’s so cool to see the Queen of Country in the Hall of Fame, Reba’s the best.

  25. Paul W Dennis
    March 2, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Kitty Wells is not dead – until she dies she is the Queen of Country – even Reba would tell you that

  26. Barry Mazor
    March 2, 2011 at 7:23 am

    It strikes me that among country singers under 35, which is lots of them, the female singer most often cited as an influence that you can actually HEAR as one would be Reba. And in my own experience, with the men, the singers they mention you can hear them knowing may be Strait (who’s already in the Hall) and Keith Whitley.

    Nothing would please me more, that said, than to see the veterans nominations sooner or later catch up with Connie Smith, the Maddox Bros and Rose, Johnny Horton, Jerry Lee Lewis, sure the Wilburn Brothers, the Stanley Brothers, Mac Wiseman, Ray Charles, Charlie Rich, Bobby Bare, Wynn Stewart and courtesy of the wayback machine–Lulu Belle & Scotty, Johnny & Jack, Milton Brown, a Clayton McMichen, Elton Britt, Cliff Carlisle, Bradley Kincaid, Moon Mullican, Woody Guthrie, and Fiddlin’ John Carson.

    Another tie for the moderns, instrumentalists, non-performers and songwriters.

  27. David Young
    March 2, 2011 at 8:47 am

    just curious, what r u waiting on to include Hank Williams Jr? his death.

  28. Texan
    March 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Jean Shepherd is surely deserving and I am glad they have inducted her – what took them so long?

    Ronnie Milsap should have been inducted long before some of the last few years of inductees. Ronnie has had to date 41 #1 hits and has a new release coming up the next couple of months. He has charted in the last five decades. He not only is a great entertainer, he’s a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, represents his position in Nashville with pride and absolutely loves his fans who love him just as much. He may never win Nashville’s CMHOF award but he has the highest awards that anyone could accomplish from him many, many fans.
    God Bless You Ronnie – You’re our Inductee.

  29. davecefus
    March 2, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    reba,vince gill, george straight and alabama are in the hall of fame and hank williams jr is not? wtf. what a major joke not saying there not worthy of induction but my god not before hank and a few others, it seems to me there must be some corperate politics involved 4 sure.. welcome to the country music hall of SHAME!!

  30. David B
    March 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I agree Hank, Jr. needs to be inducted. Now tell me though, which category? The way I reed the rules he could be inducted under the “Veterans era” category but also the “Modern era” category. It was like he had two different careers. mid 1960’s to early 1970’s and then when he became a superstar, late 1970’s through the early 1990’s.

  31. Code
    March 2, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Sorry PAUL W DENNIS, reba is the queen of country.

  32. David B
    March 2, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    No – Paul W. Dennis is right, Kitty Wells is the “Queen of Country Music”. No Kitty no Reba. Plan and simple. Reba would agree.

  33. davecefus
    March 2, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    it seems like a joke not inducting hank jr. he was onstage at age 8. by age 11 on the opry by 14 he had atop 5 hit at at 16 writing top ten hits by 21 signed the biggest recording contract in mgm records history, also having record breaking concert grosses, scoring number 1 hits there hes qualified for the veterans era! fast foreword to 1975 he records the ground breaking album hank williams jr and friends that fuses southern rock blues and country together then he falls off a mountain nearly dies and takes 2 years worth of surgerys an recouperation… now he back its around 1979 hanks 30 years old here comes family tradition followed by about 20 gold albums in row and several platnum he rewrote country music in the 80s broke box offices records from coast to coast chart topping albums and singles 3 video of the year awars from the cma 5 consecutive entertainer of the year awards several bmi sogwriters awards cma album of the year several billboard awards 9 albums on the billboard charts at the same time… fast foreword to the 9os he wins a grammy, hes doing monday nite football still putting out gold albums selling out arenas and ampetheatres winning emmy awards hell to this day he still puts out top ten albums sells out on tour and hes still playing the big 10,000 plus seat venues at age 61! that covers your modern era. i guess all that dont matter if you do it your own way or is hank jr overqualifyed for the hall of fame?

  34. luckyoldsun
    March 2, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    I guess you probably feel that using the shift key and punctuation are just so much fuddy-duddy bosh, but they do, in fact, make it easier for people to comprehend whatever the hell it is you’re trying to say.

  35. Barry Mazor
    March 3, 2011 at 8:02 am

    I’d wager that Hank Jr. will be inducted before too long.

    Just as a reminder: If you visit the Hall now–as has been true for some time now–the main exhibit, taking up basically a whole floor of the museum, is “A Family Tradition” about all generations of the Williams family. There’s been more about Hank Jr. in there to see and come to understand than there is about many who ARE inducted.

    Maybe those who want him to be inducted ASAP should go have a look.

  36. scott
    March 3, 2011 at 11:11 am

    For me Reba is the Queen of Country, you can’t say someone else is just because of your personal biased. Reba has been at or near the top for over 35 years and no other female in country music history has done that. I guess it all comes down to what era someone grew up in, but to me it has to be more than that.

  37. Jon
    March 3, 2011 at 11:57 am

    It’s not personal bias. Kitty Wells had been at or near the top – and called the Queen of Country Music – for over 35 years before Reba McEntire came along, and she is still doing occasional shows. I think these kinds of titles are pretty pointless, but any argument you can advance for giving Reba McEntire this one already applied to Kitty Wells a long time ago.

  38. StuntmanFyke
    March 3, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Hank Jr should’ve been in the HOF along time ago. Really, why hasn’t he been inducted yet?

  39. Shores Lady
    March 3, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    With the distancing of the CMHoF from the CMA awards and the creation of new categories that seem unnecessarily limited (like there’s not room in the universe for two ‘veterans’ in one year)I feel as though the “powers that be” are marginalizing the Hall. I don’t suppose that they associate the Hall with the older fan who doesn’t spend as freely as the younger conntry market?

  40. StuntmanFyke
    March 4, 2011 at 12:22 am

    modern “pop” country is crap.

  41. Barry Mazor
    March 4, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Uh, Shores Lady: Whatever the “artists from earlier” category has been called, there has almost ALWAYS been just one selected a year. Its supposed to be a tough thing to achieve, always has been. And with the exception of the firstHall selections, which had to be dead, (Williams. Rodgers) and that one “catch-up” year when they admitted a bunch, partly to catch up, partly as a stunt, having just one a year indicates–no change at all. The “TV announcement” issue we’ve already talked about.

    And then, the true reason Hank Jr hasn’t been inducted yet is a massive conspiracy among Powers That Be to exclude anyone who screams about football too much. They, that big “they” just can’t afford to share that sort of information.

    Oh, one more thing: Hit and run phrases dismissing whole genres of music are crap.

  42. Jon
    March 4, 2011 at 8:33 am

    With the distancing of the CMHoF from the CMA awards and the creation of new categories that seem unnecessarily limited (like there’s not room in the universe for two ‘veterans’ in one year)I feel as though the “powers that be” are marginalizing the Hall.

    I don’t think so. The purpose of the categories is to encourage those who nominate and vote to think more precisely and avoid focusing only or mostly on relatively recent accomplishments. I think the argument over the pace of induction has merit on both sides, but on neither one is there any reason to think of the other view as marginalizing the Hall’s importance.

    I don’t suppose that they associate the Hall with the older fan who doesn’t spend as freely as the younger conntry market?

    Is it an established fact that older country fans don’t spend as much as younger ones?

  43. StuntmanFyke
    March 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    It wasn’t a hit and run message. Its called an opinion based on the powers that be that ruined country music with the modern pop bs.

  44. Jon
    March 4, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    And so we have, once again, a rock vs. pop argument (just barely) disguised as an argument about country. Because Hank Jr. has done as much as anybody when it comes to bringing “outside” influences in – just not pop ones.

    Also, one would think that if “the powers that be” had it in for Hank Jr., they wouldn’t have given him such a humongous amount of face time in the Williams family exhibit. He’s a lot more visible at the CMHOF than most members of the Hall Of Fame.

  45. Shores Lady
    March 5, 2011 at 12:29 am

    I won’t post another message here until I’ve done all the original research to back up my opinions or have inserted qualifiers like”seems to me” or “based on what I’ve read”. This little site takes itself pretty seriously so I’m going to have to step up my game to fit in. See ya.

  46. Stephen H.
    March 5, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Please make sure you use either Chicago or MLA format for your citations. ;-)

  47. Jon
    March 5, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I can’t imagine not caring whether my opinion had any connection to reality. If I were going to serve up the opinion that the problem with the US is that our Prime Minister doesn’t know what he’s doing, I’d think about checking first to see if we had one. Similarly, if I were going to wonder about whether the CMA’s actions were designed to appeal to younger audiences because they spend more money on music, I’d think about checking to see whether younger audiences spend more money on music. Truth beats truthiness every time.

  48. David B
    March 7, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I just thought of the late Hank Locklin. He might get inducted someday in the Veterans category.

  49. johnny
    March 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I still think they should have at least 4-5 in every category every year until everybody worth going in gets in.

  50. Jon
    March 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    That would be ok with me, but the current arrangement is ok with me, too. Getting more people in each year is a recipe for diluting the attention paid to each and to the overall process, but maintaining the status quo means that the list of solid candidates will continue to grow faster than the pace of inductions. Each arrangement has its plusses and minuses.

  51. Barry Mazor
    March 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    No inside knowledge, and I doubt any such decision has even come up yet–but based on past experience, it would not surprise me if when the new expanded parts of the Hall of Fame open a few years up the road, they take that as an occasion for another Big Catch-Up year, as they did with ten a few years back. We’ll see!

  52. Robin Foustner
    April 11, 2011 at 11:19 am

    why oh why no Randy Travis again, there would be no modern era to vote in if not for Randy. Country was dead in the 80’s till one man revitalized it, and this is how he is repaid. I mean 25 years in the biz to him just means one more thing he is denied.

  53. Barry Mazor
    April 11, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Robin, that’s kind of goofy. Randy Travis will certainly have his day. There’s one induction a year.

    You make me want to ask why country fans habitually insist, again and again and again and yet again, and maybe more than in any other genre, that whoever they happen to care for is Getting Heartbreakingly Short Shrift from Those People. There seems to be actual enjoyment in the indignation. Randy Travis has been honored time and time again–and will be.

    You may remain calm.

  54. davecefus
    April 11, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Hank Jr has got shafted. By the way I have been to the family tradition exhibit at the H.O.F. twice. Barry that exhibit was supposed to expire on December 31 2009, and its running to the end of this year because its been the most popular exhibit in the H.O.F. history. I honestly belive HE must have made somebody mad. My opinion

  55. Barry Mazor
    April 11, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Yes; it’s been a popular exhibit. I don’t know which “somebodies” you figure shouldn’t be made mad, that hank somehow might have, and I wouldn’t know if he did. I know making friends is a wise policy in the msuic business. Everybody shows up again later.

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