The Country Music Association announced today their three newest members to the Hall of Fame. Garth Brooks, Connie Smith and Hargus “Pig” Robbins will be inducted in ceremonies later this year. Garth will be part of the “Modern Era Artist” category, Connie in the “Veterans Era Artist” category, and Hargus in the “Recording And/Or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980″ category. Hargus’ category is only added to every third year, usually rotated with the “Non-Performer” and the “Songwriter” categories. These three additions will increase the total members of the Country Music Hall of Fame from 115 to 118 members.
Garth was a little overwhelmed over the honor, thinking first about many other artists that he felt are just as deserving to be given the title:
“I am astounded and honored to be in the Country Music Hall of Fame. At the same time, I can’t help but feel guilty going in when there are so many deserving artists that came before me who are yet to be inducted.”
Hargus is feeling just as lucky over the news. On relieving the call:
“I just couldn’t believe it the other day when Steve Moore called and informed me that I had been chosen to become one of the new members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. All I could say was ‘thank you, thank you, thank you!’ Well, I have always considered myself lucky, and I guess my good luck has struck again. I am so honored to be named one of the new members.”
Connie has performed at a few inductions over the years, but never did she think she would have her own:
“I’ve had the privilege of participating in several Hall of Fame inductions. They were all very special. But now to become a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame myself is an honor for me and my family. So touching, it’s difficult to find the words to express my gratitude.”
Congratulations to all three inductees! They are all very deserving. A date for their induction will be announced later this year.