2011 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Garth Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood have just announced the names of three new fellow inductees into the Hall of Fame Tuesday morning, March 27, at the Hall's Rotunda. Brooks introduced Ricky Skaggs, Dottie West and Johnny Gimble as the latest honorees in their respective categories.
Skaggs was announced as the recipient of the 2018 “Modern Category", an honor that holds a place in Brooks' heart. In fact, the Hall of Famer previously told Billboard that he would “proudly trade his being in the Hall of Fame for Ricky Skaggs being in the Hall of Fame."
So, it's no surprise that Brooks was a bit emotional when announcing the honorees.
“Ricky is one of the main reasons I play music. Skaggs is everything good music stands for." Born in Kentucky, Skaggs was a musical artist from the very beginning, where he learned how to play the mandolin at age five. During his teenage years, he would work with Keith Whitley in Ralph Stanley's band and later collaborate with Vince Gill. Eventually landing a deal with Epic Records, Skaggs would release several successes during his time, including “I Wouldn't Change A Thing About You If I Could," “Highway 40 Blues," and “Lovin' Only Me".
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Dottie West was honored as a new member of the “Veteran" category, one that is long overdue, according to longtime duet partner Kenny Rogers, friend Larry Gatlin and Stever Wariner, who played bass in West's band.
A native of Tennessee, West was the first female country artist to win a Grammy. A champion for women during her time where the country genre was very male-dominated, West saw success with hits such as “If It's Alright With You", “Country Sunshine", and “What Are We Doin' In Love", a duet with Kenny Rogers.
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Fiddle player Johnny Gimble will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as a member of the “Recording and/or Touring Musician" category.
Gimble was not only a member of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, he also played fiddle on several of George Strait's albums. The fiddle player also toured with Willie Nelson and even appeared in Nelson's film Honeysuckle Rose. Over the course of his career, the musician won five CMA trophies and two Grammy Awards.
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Watch the livestream of the announcement ceremony below!
The trio of country music legends will be formally inducted into the Hall this fall, during the annual Medallion Ceremony in Nashville.