Hall of Fame Members

Current Class

Hall of Fame Class of 2021

Eddie Bayers

Eddie Bayers

Recording and/or Touring Musician

Since the late 1980s, Eddie Bayers has been one of Nashville’s most in-demand studio drummers and is the first inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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Ray Charles

Ray Charles

Veterans Era Artist

Widely recognized as the “Genius of Soul,” Ray Charles also occupies a powerful place in country music history. He made country songs a significant part of his repertoire from the 1960s onward.

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Pete Drake

Pete Drake

Recording and/or Touring Musician

Pedal steel guitarist Pete Drake left a lasting mark not only on country music, but also on rock, gospel, and folk music. He is the first steel guitarist inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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The Judds

Modern Era Artist

Naomi and Wynonna Judd helped take country back to its roots with lean, tuneful songs influenced by traditional folk music, acoustic blues, and family harmony acts.

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Class of 2021 Medallion Ceremony

The Country Music Hall of Fame's newest members — Eddie Bayers, Ray Charles, Pete Drake, and the Judds — were honored Sunday during a Medallion Ceremony at the Museum, with heartfelt testimonials and once-in-a-lifetime musical tributes.

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Circle Guard

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Ceremonial Stole

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Rite of Remembrance

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