When you’ve been around the business as long as Ronnie Dunn has, there’s not a lot that can surprise you, however, that’s exactly what happened when he got a very special e-mail this week. Ronnie shared some exciting news on Facebook – that he’s been nominated for induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 2012 ballot. He joins former Brooks & Dunn partner Kix Brooks in the nomination. The inductees are voted on by members of the Hall of Fame and Professional Songwriter Members of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) as well as the board members of the NaSHOF and NSAI.
Read what Ronnie posted on his Facebook page below and make sure to send a congratulations his way!
Wow…I’m blown away !
Congratulations! On behalf of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation (NaSHOF) Board of Directors, it’s a pleasure for me to notify you that you have been nominated for induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the highest honor that our songwriting community bestows.
Our Nominating Committee, comprised of Hall of Fame members and Music Row historians, met recently to discuss and consider worthy candidates whose first significant works achieved commercial success and/or artistic recognition at least 20 years ago and who have “positively impacted and been closely associated with the Nashville Songwriting Community and deemed to be outstanding and significant.” The final slate of nominees was recommended to, and approved by, the Foundation board.
Very soon, your name will appear on the 2012 ballot along with the names of 11 of your esteemed colleagues. (See below) Three inductees (2 songwriters; 1 songwriter/artist) will be determined by votes cast from Hall of Fame members and Professional Songwriter members of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), as well as the boards of NaSHOF and NSAI.
We wish you the best in the voting,
On behalf of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation Board of Directors and the Hall of Fame Nominating Committee, let me again extend to you our heartfelt congratulations. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Category 1 – Songwriters
Robert Byrne (1954-2005)
Beth Nielsen Chapman
John Jarrard (1953-2001)
Category 2 – Songwriter/Artists
Mary Chapin Carpenter