NASHVILLE (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Country Music Association has announced that groundbreaking musical group Alabama, singer/musician/television host Glen Campbell and a DeFord Bailey, noted for his Grand Old Opry performances, will become the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Formal induction for the artists will take place during The 39th Annual CMA Awards, which will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network, Tuesday, Nov. 15 (8:00-11:00 PM/EST) from Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Bailey will be inducted in the Career Achieved National Prominence Prior to World War II category, which is awarded every third year in a rotation with the Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980 and Non-Performer categories. Campbell will be inducted in the Career Achieved National Prominence Between World War II and 1975 category; and Alabama will be the first artist inducted in the new Career Achieved National Prominence Between 1975 and the Present category created earlier this year. All inductees are chosen by CMA's Hall of Fame panel of electors, consisting of more than 300 anonymous voters appointed by the CMA Board of Directors.
"A Country Music artist's highest aspiration is to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame," remarked Ed Benson, CMA Executive Director, in a press release.