Country Music Hall of Fame announces four new members

Thursday, February 14, 2008

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Country Music Hall of Fame has four new members: Emmylou Harris, Tom T. Hall, the Statler Brothers and the late Ernest "Pop" Stoneman.

Their selection was announced Tuesday by the Country Music Association. They will be formally inducted later this year.

Traditionally, the Country Music Association inducts one recipient in three separate categories of career achievement: between 1975 and present, between World War II and 1975, and pre-World War II.

This year there was a tie in the voting for the period between World War II and 1975, so both Hall and the Statler Brothers will be inducted in that category.

Harris has had a successful solo career that has spanned pop, country rock and Americana, and earned her 12 Grammy Awards.

The Statler Brothers, originally from Staunton, Va., were first hired as a vocal backing group by Johnny Cash. They had their first hit in 1965 with "Flowers on the Wall."

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